Macbeth Book Review

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Ladan Abdullahi Macbeth’s Destiny: The Tragedy of Macbeth Review William Shakespeare is a playwright and actor born in April 1564. William, a wealthy landowner who lived in Stratford upon-Avon, married Anne Hathaway and had three children. In 1623, Shakespeare published The Tragedy of Macbeth. Whilst researching for Macbeth, “Shakespeare found a spectacle of violence- the slaughter of whole armies and of innocent families, the ambush of noble by murderers, the brutal execution of rebels. He also came upon stories of witches and wizards providing advice to traitors” (Werstine 13). Macbeth is a tragic and dark play that includes assassination, murder as well as supernatural beings such as wizards, witches, and ghosts. Also, Macbeth…show more content…
This suggests that one’s fate is foreordained; nonetheless, one will ultimately determine how they will reach their own destiny. Macbeth, destined to become king, also kills Banquo, as well as Macduff’s entire household. Macbeth is then beheaded by Macduff, all because it was his destiny. Macbeth is a play centered on ambition and greed. Macbeth meets the weird sisters that predict he will become king. To make his fate come true, Macbeth motivated by his wife, commits murder after murder. This desire to fulfill destiny leads Macbeth to walk the path towards his own downfall and failure. Macbeth becomes more self-centered as the play progresses. David Bevington, a professor at the University of Chicago and the editor of The Complete Works of Shakespeare, feels that, “Macbeth is a sensitive, even poetic person and as such he understands with frightening clarity the stakes that are involved in his contemplated deed of murder”(Bevington 1). Knowing the possibilities of success and failure, Macbeth chooses to follow this path. Macbeth chooses a specific method by killing Duncan in order to fulfill this foreordained fate. All because it was his predetermined destiny. Macbeth is working for success and being too egotistic and power hungry to realize how close he comes to failure. Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. Macbeth is easy to read and contains themes
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