The Literary World

The Literary World

  • Submitted By: matth8
  • Date Submitted: 05/28/2010 11:46 AM
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Within the literary world, there are many examples of timeless classics that have held a significant impact on our society. The Tragedy of Macbeth or more commonly Macbeth being one of these classics, is a play written by William Shakespeare sometime between 1603 and 1607. Macbeth is Shakespeare's shortest tragedy and is about a regicide and it's aftermath.

The play starts out with a wounded captain reporting to King Duncan of Macbeth and Banquo's triumps and victorys on the battlefield. Macbeth and Banquo we're generals in King Duncan's army. The scene then changes and now Macbeth and Banquo are greeted by three witches, telling them of three prophecies. The first prophecy is Macbeth as the thane of Glamis, the second is Macbeth as the thane of Cawdor, and then the third witch tells Macbeth that he shall be king hereafter. Then some of King Duncan's men come to see Macbeth and Banquo to thank them and tell Macbeth that he is now thane of Cawdor. Macbeth and King Duncan then meet and they make arrangements to dine together at Macbeth's castle.

When Macbeth returns to his castle, his wife, Lady Macbeth tells him of her desires for his kingship and they make a plan to kill King Duncan that night in his sleep and get his two chamberlains drunk so that they black out and will get blamed for the death in the morning. That night Macbeth has a vision of a bloody dagger and then stabs King Duncan to death in his sleep. The next morning when Duncan's death is discovered, Macbeth kills the two chamberlains blaming them for the death. Donalbain and Malcom then flee to England and Ireland because they are Duncan's sons and they fear for their lives. Out of fear, Macbeth hires murderers to kill Banquo and his son Fleance but Fleance got away and escapes into the night. Macbeth is visited by Banquo's ghost that night at the royal feast and Macbeth over reacts and scares some of his guests. Lady Macbeth tried to diminish the damage. Macbeth then went to the...

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