Macbeth, By William Shakespeare

2023 Words Mar 12th, 2015 9 Pages
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 Queen Elizabeth – to becoming dark and cynical – echoing the mood of the Jacobean period. For King James, was the patron of Shakespeare’s acting company and thus wrote accordingly under King James’s reign. Therefore, for this assessment, I will study the play Macbeth and explore three key scenes: act one scene three, act five scene eight act two scene one and discuss how Shakespeare presents decisions made by Macbeth. I will explore the following influences on Macbeth decisions- lady Macbeth, the prophecy and power. I will also explore the decisions he made, firstly when he listen to the witches, secondly when he killed Duncan and thirdly when he killed Banquo.
The first sign of Macbeth making an important decision is when Macbeth is told by…
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