Macbeth Personal Notes: Introduction

Macbeth Personal Notes: Introduction
Macbeth Personal Notes: Introduction

 

Introduction

Macbeth, full title "The Tragedie of Macbeth" is a tragedy play by William Shakespeare. It is believed to be first performed in 1606. The story revolves around a brave Scottish military general named Macbeth and his over-ambitious character. Three witches prophesize that Macbeth will be hailed as Thane of Cawdor and the King hereafter. First Macbeth was startled, but upon receiving the news from two messengers that the previous Thane has been executed for treasons and his title is conferred upon Macbeth for his heroic deeds in the battle, Macbeth begins dreaming about ways he will become the King.  

The theme of the play is the will to acquire power, supernatural and evil, and loyalty. Macbeth is one of the shortest Shakespearean tragedies and also one of the first play that ventures this deep into evil realm. The main character of the play are:
  • King Duncan, who is the King of Scotland
  • Malcolm, eldest son of Duncan
  • Donalbain, Duncan's younger son
  • Macbeth, a general in Duncan's army and the Thane of Glamis
  • Banquo, another general in Scottish army and a friend of Macbeth
  • Lady Macbeth, wife of Macbeth 
  • Ross, Lennox, Angus, Caithness, other members of Scottish nobility
  • Three weird sisters, witches who uses evil arts


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