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Macbeth

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  • 1. William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth The Tragedy of Macbeth
    • An Introduction
  • 2.
    • Based on this picture, what predictions can you make about the play?
  • 3. Background Information
    • Shakespeare’s shortest and bloodiest tragedy
    • Macbeth was most likely written in 1606, early in the reign of James I, who had been James VI of Scotland before he succeeded to the English throne in 1603.
    • Macbeth most clearly reflects the playwright’s close relationship with James I.
    • In focusing on Macbeth, a figure from Scottish history, Shakespeare paid homage to his king’s Scottish lineage.
    • Additionally, the witches’ prophecy that Banquo will found a line of kings is a clear nod to James’s family’s claim to have descended from the historical Banquo.
  • 4. Plot Summary
    • Macbeth tells the story of a brave Scottish general (Macbeth) who receives a prophecy from a trio of sinister witches that one day he will become king of Scotland. Consumed with ambitious thoughts and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and seizes the throne for himself. He begins his reign wracked with guilt and fear and soon becomes a tyrannical ruler, as he is forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion. The bloodbath swiftly propels Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to arrogance, madness, and death.
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  • 7. Cast of Characters
    • Duncan: King of Scotland
    • Malcolm: Duncan’s older son and heir to the throne
    • Donalbain: Duncan’s younger son
    • Macbeth: Thane of Glamis, a Scottish noble and general in King Duncan’s army
    • Lady Macbeth: Macbeth’s wifre
    • Banquo: a thane of Scotland and general in King Duncan’s army
    • Fleance: Banquo’s son
    • Macduff: Thane of Fife, a Scottish noble
    • Lady Macduff: Macduff’s wife
      • Thane: a man, often the chief of a clan, who held land from a Scottish king and was a member of the aristocracy.
  • 8. Make a prediction: Which two characters do you think are depicted in this picture?

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