Macbeth, By William Shakespeare Essay

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Macbeth is a tragedy, written by William Shakespeare during the 1500’s, when Elizabethan dramas blossomed. By saying it is a tragedy, it means that it is a play that begins, or contains, a protagonist that starts off high in stature in the beginning, but in the end, winds up a low life, and most of the time dead. This play takes place in England during the eleventh century. Macbeth and his friend, Banquo, run into these three witches that prophesize their future. Macbeth is promised Thane of Glamis (which he already is), Thane of Cawdor (which he becomes right after the interview with the hags), and that he will be King of Scotland. Banquo is told he will be greater than and happier than Macbeth, and will not be king himself, but he will have kings, meaning his children will be kings. After Macbeth’s wife hears about this, she says that her husband WILL be king. Whilst King Duncan and others were staying at Macbeth’s place, Macbeth kills Duncan, ensuring the prophecy come true. Little did he know, that in the long run, he would become a mad man, with greed and grief in his heart, and nothing will overcome this feeling until his death in the end. In the tragedy Macbeth by William Shakespeare, there are three main themes that can sum up the first two acts, and they are: be careful around people who prophesize your future, its best to try not to cave under peer pressure, and be careful of those you trust. While out and about, be careful and steer clear of anyone who tries to…

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