Act I[ edit ] The play opens amidst thunder and lightning, wherein the Three Witches decide that their next meeting shall be with Macbeth. In the following scene, a wounded sergeant reports to King Duncan of Scotland that his generals Macbeth, who is the Thane of Glamis, and Banquo have just defeated the allied forces of Norway and Ireland, who were led by the traitorous Macdonwald, and the Thane of Cawdor. Subsequently, Macbeth and Banquo discuss the weather and their victory. As they wander onto a heath, the Three Witches enter and greet them with prophecies.
Three Witches enter and give the prophecy that the civil war will end that day and that at sunset they will meet Macbeth. The Thane of Cawdor has betrayed Duncan and is accused of being a traitor.
Macbeth and Banquo leave the battlefield and meet the Witches. The Witches state the prophecy that Macbeth will be Thane of Cawdor and king and that Banquo will be the father of kings, but not king himself.
Macbeth has been victorious on the battlefield and the war is at an end—to what greatness should he now aspire? The Witches spark the ambitious nature in Macbeth, as he knows his rise to power would greatly be enhanced by being named Thane of Cawdor. Banquo is skeptical of the Witches, but Macbeth, driven by a desire for power, considers killing Duncan to gain the crown.
Macbeth is overwhelmed by the image, yet his desire for power is still present, as stated in a letter he sends to Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth encourages Macbeth to act on his thoughts, telling him that she will guide and support his plan to kill King Duncan.
Macbeth is crowned king. Banquo raises suspicions that Macbeth killed Duncan. Macbeth hires two men to kill Banquo and his son Fleance, whom Macbeth fears will become king, as the Witches foretold.
Banquo is killed, but Fleance escapes. The Witches conjure a spell, and Apparitions reveal to Macbeth three prophecies that will affect his future. He is told to beware of Macduff, that no man born of woman can harm him, and he will not be conquered until the forest at Birnam marches to Dunsinane.
Macbeth is also shown a procession of kings with the last king looking in a mirror—the reflection is that of Banquo. When Macduff hears of the massacre of his family, he vows to seek revenge on Macbeth. He joins Malcolm in his quest to depose Macbeth. The army proceeds in camouflage by carrying a branch from Birnam Wood into battle.
Macbeth fights Macduff, and Macbeth boasts that he cannot be killed by any man born of woman. Macduff kills Macbeth in battle and hails Malcolm as King of Scotland.
Malcolm vows to restore Scotland to a peaceful country. Estimated Reading Time The time needed to read Macbeth depends on the familiarity of the reader with the language of the Elizabethan Era. The notes and glossary of the text being used should serve as a guide to the reader.Shakespeare’s overall portrayal of evil in the play shows us that evil is not natural within us; this is shown by the fact that either ambition or the witches caused Macbeth to murder.
Shakespeare also tells the audience that evil causes the natural order of the world to become tumultuous. In Macbeth evil is the opposite of humanity, the deviation from that which is natural for humankind, yet evil originates in the human heart.
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There is a potential for evil in people in the natural and the supernatural world. In the play "MacBeth" by William Shakespeare, the author explores the many facets of evil and in particular whether evil emantes from within or is engendered by association and environment. For. Macbeth (/ m ə k ˈ b ɛ θ /; full title The Tragedy of Macbeth) is a tragedy by William Shakespeare; it is thought to have been first performed in [a] It dramatises the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake.
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