"Macbeth" follows the title character's ill-fated journey from a comfortable position as a prominent soldier to that of a murderous king who is killed shortly after taking the throne. This is a classic tale of greed, ego... More »

Though it is impossible to say exactly why William Shakespeare wrote "Macbeth," the political and historical context of the play gives scholars major clues. "Macbeth" serves as a cautionary tale for those who would threa... More »

The fall of MacBeth and Lady MacBeth after murdering King Duncan in order to usurp the throne is the primary element that classifies "MacBeth" as a tragedy. A tragedy is defined by the fall of a hero through hubris that ... More »

In the play “Macbeth,” the title character fears his former friend Banquo due to the second part of the witches' prophecy, stating that it is Banquo's heirs, not Macbeth's, who are fated to sit on the Scots throne. Furth... More »

William Shakespeare wrote "Macbeth" as a way to express his patronage of King James I. Shakespeare uses "Macbeth" to please the king in various manners, with one of them alluding to the dreadful fate that befalls anyone ... More »

In Act III of "Macbeth," the title character comes to realize he is trapped by the witches' prophecy in what he calls a "fruitless reign." Driven by a paranoid desire to secure his crown, which was gained through murder,... More »

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Scholars believe Shakespeare wrote "Macbeth" to entertain and win the approval of King James I. Shakespeare's troupe, originally "The Lord Chamberlain's Men," changed its name to "The King's Men" to honor the new Scottis... More »