William Shakespeare's Macbeth Essay

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William Shakespeare's Macbeth

The bard of Avon, William Shakespeare, wrote the great tragedy Macbeth in 1606 and has come to be known as the cursed Scottish play as there were many mishaps during its production.

This dark tale was written as a favour to please the new king, King JamesI, as he was intrigued by witchcraft and tales of the supernatural. The plays theme fell greatly on the king as it featured King James’s ancestor Banquo.

Macbeth has a dark and evil theme to it as it is steeped in themes such as supernatural, manipulating and most importantly deadly ambition.

The combination of the witches and Lady Macbeth on Macbeth are what make ‘Macbeth’ such an immense tragedy. The
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“Go get some water and wash this filthy witness from your hand” and “Why did you bring these daggers from the place”. At this point Lady Macbeth realizes Macbeth can’t bear to look at what he has done but despite being afraid herself she regains her composer and returns the daggers to the scene in order to frame the king’s guards as the murderers.

What makes this scene so spin tingling is that Macbeth comes to realise that he has not only deprived Scotland of a great King but also Children from a good father, which is evident when he says to his wife that he could not say “Amen” to their prayer. As Shakespeare adds prayers to the scene this thickens the tension as now it seems as it has become a tale of Good versus Evil, God versus the Supernatural.

As Lady Macbeth returns after framing the guards she is also dripping with blood and feels just as culpable for the murder as Macbeth does. This is shown when she says “My hands are of your colour” meaning she is now sympathizing with her husband even though she has earlier been snapping harshly at him.

Emotions and feeling are at their peak in this scene, as Macbeth is clearly shaken and Lady Macbeth alike although she may try to hide it. In this scene Macbeth and his wife use short sharp sentences because

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