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Three witches  decide to confront the great Scottish general Macbeth on his victorious return from a war between Scotland and Norway. The Scottish king, Duncan, decides that he will confer the title of the traitorous Cawdor on the heroic Macbeth. Macbeth, and another General called Banquo, happen upon the three witches. The witches predict that he will one day become king. He decides that he will murder Duncan. Macbeth’s wife agrees to his plan. He then murders Duncan assisted by his wife who smears the blood of Duncan on the daggers of the sleeping guards. A nobleman called Macduff discovers the body. Macbeth kills the guards insisting that their daggers smeared with Duncan’s blood are proof that they committed the murder. The crown passes to Macbeth. More murders ensue and the bloodied ghost of Banquo appears to Macbeth. Lady Macbeth’s conscience now begins to torture her and she imagines that she can see her hands covered with blood. She commits suicide. Macduff kills Macbeth and becomes king.

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Comments on: "Macbeth – William Shakespeare" (12)

  1. Chelsea said:

    William Shakespeare’s play ‘Macbeth’ is a tragedy of one man’s fall from grace. Beginning as a nobleman who is honourable and well-respected, Macbeth is tempted by the witches, who evil forces bring his flaw of ambition to the surface, and challenged by his wife, who is hesitant of his ability to follow his ambitious desires. I couldn’t pick a favourite part in the novel, but one soliloquy I enjoyed most was Lady Macbeth’s in the first act. Macbeth’s wife is such a strong yet weak character – her reassurance and confidents hides her fear and vulnerability. The message is the play is still so relevant to today’s society and any person should take away this moral and apply it to the everyday life; to not let a weakness or something else to get in the way of your better judgements and what you value in life. It is a little hard to understand if you reading it on your own, but I enjoyed going through the play in class. I rate it a 7 and a half out of 10.


  2. Macbeth, a tragic Shakespearean play, depicts the hubristic fall of noble the man Macbeth. Although his ambition to become king initially surfaces from the forces of evil (the three heinous witches) as well as his wife, it is his uncontrollable desire for power which drives him to commit the most bloody of crimes, whilst leading him to his undoing. This play is so intreguing as it is full of crime and action; and depicts what karma can do to those who use magic in dark ways. I recommend this book to people who love history, Shakespeare, fantasy and crime – would also recommend to ages 13+ as there can be quite dark themes 🙂


  3. Paige said:

    The play Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare is one that incorporates many hidden messages and morals seen through the use of many themes such as pride, fate, blood, and good versus evil. This play script follows Macbeth and lady Macbeth who have committed many brutal and un-natural crimes which have disrupted the natural order, but to rule Lady Macbeth and Macbeth as a ‘butcher and his fiend-like queen’ is an overly simplistic understanding of Shakespeare’s complex characters. It highlights the tragic fall from a man of great bravery to a tyrannical ruler, as well as highlighting how a conscience of one’s own vulnerability can torment one so deeply making them feel the greatest remorse. Shakespeare positions his protagonists to be viewed as victim’s of their own tragic crimes as they cast aside their morals and values to bring them a title that does not bring them any satisfaction and pushes aside the simplistic title of “evil” as his characters as to complex to be ruled as evil.

    It is an engaging play script that highlights Shakespeare’s message being that human beings are complex and flawed, and how weaknesses can over power better judgement is still so relevant to human nature today. This play may seem very complex in the first few scenes but the language has great links to the language we speak and is much simpler to understand as the acts progress. I would recommend this novel as a heavy read and for an older and mature audience.


  4. Macbeth (The book) I read this book last term in English. I must say, it had quite a detailed plot, but it was hard to understand at times. Some parts were funny because we could clearly see the difference between language in the Elizabethan ages and now. My favourite character was Banquo, because he thought things through and was the only sensible voice in the whole play! My least favourite character was Lady Macbeth, because she was such a key character and played a major role in Macbeth spiralling out of control, and she was so sly but eventually felt the toll of their actions and lost her mind. I would rate this book a 5/10, because I wouldn’t usually read a book with so little action and adventure, but I wouldn’t recommend reading it unless you have a teacher to guide you through because it is so confusing.


  5. A book that I recently studied at school was ‘Macbeth’ written by Shakespeare. It is apart of the Year 10 english syllabus and is a surprisingly interesting story, even though you wouldn’t have originally thought so. The language is considerably different from your normal english however as you get further through the book it becomes easier to understand as you gain an understanding of the plot. It has been one of the more enjoyable books to study in english even though it has a level of difficulty.


  6. Abbey said:

    I read Macbeth for my english text. At first I was resistant to read the novel based off the opinions I had gotten from those that have read the book. By the end of the novel and understanding the language I thoroughly enjoyed the play. It has lots of deception,, romance, murder, ambitions, friendship, comedy, love and many twists which made a very interesting read. The language can be quite difficult to understand at times and starts out very overwhelming, so I would recommend reading it with your class or a translator.
    I would reccomend this book to an older age group purely due to the language. I give the book a 7/10! Its a great read full of surprises.


  7. Sarah said:

    Macbeth is a a very famous play written by William Shakespeare. Although it can be hard to understand because of Shakespeares language, it actually has a very good story line and teaches good morals and human values. My favourite characters in this book was the witches because their playful and deceiving ways was entertaining. I would give this play a 7/10. I enjoyed studying this in english this year, but would definitely recommend it is listened to not read because it is much better this way. I would recommend it to people aged 16 and over.


  8. I would recommend ‘Macbeth’ to those aged 16 and over. However, due to the book being written so long ago, and the way the English language has evolved, I would recommend studying this book in a class.
    In was interesting exploring the character of Macbeth. Despite Macbeth being described as a brave and strong man at the beginning, Macbeth is a very weak and shallow man that let his tragic flaw of wanting more power ruin, not only his life, but all of Scotland’s.
    I would rate this book an 8/10 and believe it’s a book worth reading.


  9. Macbeth by William Shakespeare is a well known classic. At the beginning I found it very difficult at first with the old english language, but once I got further into the play it was easier to understand. My favourite characters in the plays were the Witches as they told the future of what is going to happen to Macbeth. My favourite part of the play is when Macbeth became king because everything fell apart for him after that. I would give this play an 6/10 and would recommend this play for people who love old classics and a a bit of drama.


  10. This book is a very famous William Shakespeare classic however it was rather difficult to understand as it is done in the old english language. However it is great to act out and once you start reading it you become better at understanding the language. I would recommend you reading the modern english version aswell to help you understand the book better if you are having trouble. This book is about love, and murder. It has a great plot and is a very dramatic book. Once I began to understand the language a bit better I started to enjoy it a little more. However it would not be a book that I would choose to read in my spare time as it is not an easy read. It is great for those that like a challenge and a willing to think a little harder for a change when they are reading. Overall it is a great book.


  11. I find this book hard to understand as the language is different to what we use now. The book does involve a lot of murder, love, friendship and a but of comedy. The themes to it are very interesting but make it an interesting storyline. I would recommend a translated book of english translation would make it a lot easier to understand. It is very overwhelming at the start but does get better throughout the book.


  12. I would like to recommend the playscript ‘Macbeth’ by Shakespeare. This is a classic that many people have heard of but not considered reading, myself included. We studied it as an English text this year and I have really enjoyed it.
    The language difference can be quite difficult to overcome and starts out very overwhelming. I would recommend reading a copy with an ‘english’ translation to try and make this adjustment a little easier. As it can be quite overwhelming I believe it is important to stick with the book. It gets a lot easier as the book goes on and it does get easier to understand as the book goes on.
    This book involves everything you can think of. There is murder, romance, treason, ambitions, love, friendship and even a bit of comedy. The themes are all very interesting and make a very intriguing and interesting storyline.
    I would definitely recommend this book to an older age group just because of the language. I would rate it an 8/10 for the plot and story line. It is very satisfying when you start to be able to read the language a little more easily.


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