Macbeth, By William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright during the Elizabethan era. He was regarded as one of the greatest writers, whose plays were performed more than those of any other play writers. One of his most famous, yet shortest and bloodiest tragedies is Macbeth. Macbeth is seen to be Shakespeare’s profound vision of evil which is based on greed and ambition. The play revolves around a man’s overwhelming desire to become a king. Shakespeare’s understanding of the complexity of the human nature is shown through the character of Macbeth.
The play ‘Macbeth’ was written in the 1606, during the reign of King James. His play could be seen showing a distinctive transition, from being positive and happy, which reflected the reign of
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’This was the first indication shown by Shakespeare that Macbeth is being enticed towards greed and it is this hunger for power that drives Macbeth to take the next step. This hunger for power is in his blood but his next action changes him from being a hero to a murderer.
The urge for more power lead him to the three witches. The three weird sisters prophesise that Macbeth will be Thane of Cawdor and then on become king. ‘All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor!, All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter! The use of repetition indicates that the witches are trying to use deception to manipulate the ideas of power that Macbeth already has and try to make his crave for more power. When Macbeth hears these words, he is in a state of shock and wonder, he states that the Thane of Cawdor still lives, however deep inside he knows that there is a possibility of him becoming Thane of Cawdor. When Banquo and Macbeth left the scene, Russ and Angus arrive and announce that Macbeth was crowned thane of Cawdor by the king. This was when the first prophecy became true and if the first prophecy became true he knew that the second prophecy of him becoming king will also be true. However Macbeth only contemplates his elevated position and ponders over it tirelessly, yet sceptically: ‘Why do you dress me in borrowed robes’ .Although at this stage he shows his
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