The Theme Of Macbeth


The play Macbeth written by William Shakespeare in the beginning of the 17th century, deals with a man’s turn from the king’s most glorious, brave and courageous general into a traitor and murderer influenced by evil forces.
In the following I am going to describe the play briefly and explain the theme of it. Furthermore I will discuss Macbeth’s character and his internal conflict.
While the general Macbeth and his friend Banquo are returning from a victorious battle, King Duncan hears of their courage and bestows the title of Cawdor on the still absent Macbeth. The two warriors encounter three witches who greet Macbeth as Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor, and ...

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of the witches.
Banquo resists any thoughts that might hasten the witches‘ prophecy that his children will be kings. Lady Macbeth, however, strengthens her husband to kill the king and they accomplish it. When the murder is discovered, the king’s sons, Malcolm and Donalbain, seeing a similar fate for themselves, flee Scotland. Macbeth proceeds to Scone, where he is crowned as Duncan’s successor to the throne.
Banquo half-suspects Macbeth of Duncan’s murder but accepts an invitation at the new king’s fiest and attends it with his son Fleance. Macbeth employs two murderers to kill both in an attempt to avoid the second part of the witches‘ prophecies. They kill Banquo but Fleance escapes.
Macbeth decides to find the witches to demand further assurances. They answer him with a procession of ghostly appearances: an armed head which warns him against Macduff; a child covered in blood which says that „(…) none of a woman born shall ...

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learns that Lady Macbeth has died, possibly by suicide. In despair, he goes forth to battle and encounters Macduff, who destroys his last confidence by admitting that he was „(…) from his mother’s womb untimely ripp’d (…)“ – he „(…) was not of woman born (…)“. With this part of the prophecy no longer the protection it seemed, Macbeth dies at Macduff’s hands. Macduff brings the head of Macbeth to Malcolm and hails the son of the murdered Duncan as the new King of Scotland.
By „the theme“ of Macbeth one means the principal idea of the play, an idea that is seen in dramatic setting probably in every act of ...

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