Macbeth, By William Shakespeare

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Macbeth is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare which was first performed in 1606. It discusses the effects that political ambition has on those who seek power. The play begins with the presentation of three witches. Macbeth and Banquo would meet these witches that would then give them their prophecies. Following the witches’ prophecies, Macbeth becomes overly ambitious for power and takes part in the killing of King Duncan, Banquo, and Macduff’s wife and children. The play comes to a close with the killing of Macbeth by Macduff, and Malcolm being crowned the new King of Scotland. The general argument made by William Shakespeare in his work, Macbeth, is that ambition can lead to destruction. More specifically,
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According to Favila (2001), “Our first view of Macbeth is as an impressive adult. Rumor paints him as a legendary general and loyal thane” (p. 5). The first impression William Shakespeare gives the reader of Macbeth’s character is that he is courageous, noble, and brave. The play states, “but all’s too weak: / for brave Macbeth-well he deserves the name- / Disdaining Fortune, with his brandish’d steel, / Which smoked with bloody execution, / Like valor’s minion carved out his passage / Till he faced the slave;” (Act 1, Scene 2, lines 17-21). This quote discusses how Macbeth was a military leader and hero in the battle. It is stating how he was brave in battle and fought the villain. Holloway (2009) agrees stating, “Macbeth, it would seem, more than any other man, is responsible for saving Scotland from defeat, humiliation, and foreign subjection” (p. 3). These quotes show that Macbeth is a great soldier and is known for that. Even King Duncan respects him for his military service and bravery. For his service, King Duncan makes Macbeth Thane of Cawdor, and instructs Ross to bring him his title; King Duncan states, “Never again will that Thane of Cawdor deceive / my trusting heart. Go command his immediate execution, and greet Macbeth with his former title” (Act 1, Scene 2, lines72-74). Prior to this statement, the current Thane of Cawdor had been a traitor
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