WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S MACBETH Macbeth also known as “The Tragedy of Macbeth” written by the great William Shakespeare was written between 1599 and 1606. This short play is known for its cruel and bloody drama of ambition, motivation, guilt, and revenge.
CORE STANDARD & OBJECTIVE Standard: Analyzing Drama Objective: Analyze & understand the Character of Macbeth.
BASIC PLOT OF THE PLAY Macbeth is a play about a man named Macbeth in Scotland who returns from battle with Banquo and they are met by Three Witches who tell Macbeth their predictions of his future. He is told he will be Thane of Glamis , Thane of Cawdor, and will later become King. He does everything he can to make these predictions come true with his foolishness and allows ambition, predictions of the witches and his wife tarnish his good morals and judgment. This led to the bloody drama of ambition, motivation, guilt and revenge all caused by him. As the play unfolds Macbeth goes from being good to pure evil.
Summary: Macbeth is told that he is to become King by the three witches. This gives him a lot of ambition. He knew that he didn’t necessarily need this power or title but he wanted it to happen and he knew he had a good chance considering the fact that Duncan was his cousin. When he is convinced and told by Lady Macbeth that he “is too full o’ milk and kindness” he knows that he needs to please her. She tells him to kill Duncan to gain the throne of being king. Quote: “I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself and falls on the other” – Macbeth p. 16 Act 1 Scene 7 Macbeth at this point: Macbeth seems to have a lot of sympathy for even considering killing Duncan. He has a high desire for power now. This quote shows how he doesn't have nothing against King Duncan but he feels that is has to be done now. Can still be considered good in some ways because he knows what he is doing is wrong and feels bad about it.
Summary: Lady Macbeth waited patiently for Macbeth to come back from killing king Duncan. Macbeth is ashamed and shaken. He Still had the bloody daggers that he killed Duncan with in his hands. Lady Macbeth scolds him for still having the daggers with him and tells him to go put them with the body guards. He refuses because he doesn’t have the courage to go back and see what it is that he has done again because he is horrified and upset. Lady Macbeth thinks nothing of it saying “a little water will clear them of the deed” Quote: “Will all great Neptune’s Ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? ” – Macbeth p. 23 Act 2 Scene 2 Macbeth at this point: He knows that was he did was wrong. Macbeth feels that he will never be able to get rid of the guilt that he feels from this evil deed that he has committed. All the water in the ocean couldn't’t clear the blood & shame Macbeth gained from this. This is a foreshadow of things getting worse because it shows that Macbeth is affected and persuaded by pressure. Outside of him killing someone he can still be considered good because of the emotions he shows.
HOW HAS MACBETH CHANGED THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THE PLAY? (ACT III) Summary: Macbeth is now a suspect for the killing of Duncan. He feels that Banquo will reveal the truth so he hires murderers to kill Banquo and his son. Lady Macbeth feels horrible now. She doesn't’t feel like what they did was worth it because they're not living like they had expected to be. Macbeth no longer needs her convincing to make any of the decisions he makes. Banquo is killed but his son escapes. Macbeth is angered and worried. He starts to see the ghost of Banquo when they were at supper. Macbeth is now being plotted against to be overthrown. Quote: “I am in blood stepp’d in so far, that I should wade no more, returning were as tedious as go’er” – Macbeth Act 3 Scene 4 Macbeth at this point: He feels he has done so many evil deeds when it comes to murders he might as well keep doing it and fulfill the witches prophecy. Macbeth is becoming evil.
HOW HAS MACBETH CHANGED THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THE PLAY? (ACT IV) Summary: Macbeth returns to the witches and DEMANDS to know more about his future. There were three apparitions: The cut off head, The bloody child, and a Child Crowned with a tree in his hand. Each app warned Macbeth of something. Macbeth wants Macduff killed. He sends some murderers to Macduff’s home but he wasn’t home so the murderers killed Macduff’s wife and son. Quote: “What’er thou art, for thy good caution. Thanks. Thou hast harped my fear aright. But one word more-” – Macbeth Act 4 Scene 1 Macbeth at this point: Macbeth fears tat someone will try to threaten him and take his power of being king. He decides that who he felt was a threat should be dealt with. He try's to prevent things from happening that he think what will happen in the future. He doesn't’t realize that what's meant to happen is his fate. He cant control that. Macbeth is evil.
HOW HAS MACBETH CHANGED THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THE PLAY? (ACT V) Summary: Macbeth can’t seem to find any way to relax he seems to be going crazy. While that’s going on Four Lords of Scotland near where Macbeth is to follow through with their plans of revenge. Warning are reported to Macbeth but he doesn’t believe it because he doesn’t see them in his prophecies given by the witches. Macbeth convinces himself that he is ready for anything. A battle happens where its one against many. Macbeth is finally killed. Quote: “Tomorrow, Tomorrow… Life’s but a walking shadow…” Macbeth Act 5 Scene 5 Macbeth at this point: he died an evil man. Macbeth was so immune to murder and evilness, he deserved to be killed.