Summary of Macbeth
Hamlet, King Lear, Othello and finally Macbeth the last of the four great Tragedies published during 1606. Comparatively speaking it a short play but deemed by many scholars as Shakespeare’s darkest work. Macbeth, unlike the other three plays, introduces a supernatural aspect which adds more dimensions to the story.
The story of Macbeth leads us through his bloody rise to power followed by the demise of the warrior. The three witches consulted Macbeth and informed him that he would be, King of Scotland also they prophesied that the successive kings would not descend from Macbeth but of a fellow army captain, Banquo. Prepared to let fate play out, Macbeth becomes impatient and confused when the next appointed heir was not him.
His wife convinced him that the quickest way to kingship was through the murder of the king. And persuaded by her ambition and also his greed Macbeth slain the king during a visit to his castle. After this, Macbeth is proclaimed the new king of Scotland.
Later, Macbeth approaches the witches and is revealed the second prophecy:
Macbeth will be invincible in battle until the time when the forest of Birnam moves towards his stronghold at Dunsinane and until he meets an enemy “not born of woman.” Dismissing both of these predictions as nonsense, Macbeth prepares for invasion.
Will Macbeth be able to change the outcome of this prophecy as he twisted the first or will his evil deeds and sins of his wife catch up to him and destroy him?
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