William Shakespeare 's The Tragedy Of Macbeth Essay

815 Words Nov 10th, 2015 4 Pages
For Love of Power
William Shakespeare wrote The Tragedy of Macbeth in 1606. The play Macbeth is portrayed in Scotland during the medieval times and follows the life of Macbeth as he changes from a war hero to a murderer. Throughout the novel Macbeth, as all people do, must make choices that will ultimately determine his fate. Numerous people influence his life, but none as manipulative as the Weird Sisters also known as the three witches which begin the play with a darkness that confuses good and evil “Fair is foul, and foul is fair” (I.i.10). These witches initiate the events that consume Macbeth’s innocence and honor. Macbeth’s private passion of power and the need to continually feed that passion conflicts with, and eventually displaces his honorable leadership in protecting the kingdom. Macbeth as the Thane of Glamis is royalty; however, he is not a King. As the play begins, Macbeth is a noble and honorable man that was rewarded for his heroism in the war that had just been fought. Macbeth and Banquo leave the battlefield and the three witches appear prophesying that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor and King. Also, Banquo’s descendants will be the heirs to throne although he will not be king. The friends continue their journey and laugh at the witches until Ross informs Macbeth that King Duncan has “bade me, from him, call thee “Thane of Cawdor” (I.iii.105). In that one second, Macbeth feels that the witches were correct and he could be king. Macbeth…

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