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Shakespeare for dummies: Macbeth

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Summary act of scene 2
In act 2 Malcolm and Donalbain, the King's sons, flee the castle because they are afraid that they will be blamed for the murder of their father.
Banquo suspects that Macbeth murdered King Duncan
Summary of act 3
In act 3 Macbeth finds banquo as a threat because the three witches predicted that banquos sons will become king. so Macbeth sends three men to kill banquo and his son so that he can keep the thrown.
work cited
Elements of Tragedy in Macbeth
Pride- Macbeth starts to take pride in himself to once he is king.
love- Since Macbeth loves his wife, he starts to follow her order when she tells him to kill Duncan.
loss-Macbeth starts to lose everything
power- Macbeth starts to gain power after he gets rid of Duncan and Banquo
tragic hero - Macbeth would be considered a tragic hero because he was once looked upon a good man but his ambitions start to get in his way
Two words must be defined first: tragic and hero. Traditionally, a tragic hero is one of high birth who possesses a flaw in character that brings about his own downfall. This is true of Macbeth. First, how is Macbeth a hero? Macbeth is clearly a hero because at the very beginning in Act I, we hear from other characters how heroically Macbeth performed in battle in defense of his king's land. Against seemingly hopeless odds, Macbeth fights valiantly and defeats the enemy.
Bio of Shakespeare
William Shakespeare was born in Stratford on about April 23rd 1564.
Shakespeare spent most of his time in London writing and performing his plays.
Shakespeare was influence by Ben Jonson
The plays of his fourth period, 1608-1613, are remarkable for calm strength and sweetness.
Shakespeare for dummies: Macbeth
Characters in Macbeth
Macbeth - Macbeth is a Scottish general and the thane of Glamis who is led to wicked thoughts by the prophecies of the three witches, especially after their prophecy that he will be made thane of Cawdor comes true.
Lady Macbeth-Macbeth’s wife, a deeply ambitious woman who lusts for power and position.
The three witches-Three “black and midnight hags” who plot mischief against Macbeth using charms, spells, and prophecies.
Banquo-The brave, noble general whose children, according to the witches’ prophecy, will inherit the Scottish throne.
king Duncan-The good King of Scotland whom Macbeth, in his ambition for the crown, murders.
Macduff- A Scottish nobleman hostile to Macbeth’s kingship from the start.
Malcolm -The son of Duncan, whose restoration to the throne signals Scotland’s return to order following Macbeth’s reign of terror.
Summary of act 1
Three witches tell Macbeth that he will become king.
Macbeth was rewarded with the title of "Thane of Cawdor"
Lady Macbeth makes Macbeth kill king Duncan and blames the guards for it .
The next morning Macduff and lennox arrive to Macbeth's castle and find king Duncan died.
Malcolm and Donalbain, the King's sons, flee the castle because they are afraid that they will be blamed for the murder of their father.
Banquo suspects that Macbeth murdered King Duncan
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Article Title: Elements of a Tragedy?
Date Accessed: March 31, 2014
Website Title: Dramatic Irony in Shakespeare's Macbeth and other Plays
Article Title: Dramatic Irony in Shakespeare's Macbeth and other Plays
Date Accessed: April 01, 2014

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Article Title: How is Macbeth a tragic hero? - Homework Help - eNotes.com
Publisher: enotes.com
Date Accessed: April 02, 2014
Definition of essential drama terms for understanding Macbeth
Macbeth returns to the Weird Sisters and boldly demands to be shown a series of apparitions that tell his future. The first apparition is the disembodied head of a warrior who seems to warn Macbeth of a bloody revenge at the hands of Macduff. The second is a blood-covered child who comforts Macbeth with the news that he cannot be killed by any man "of woman born." The third is a child wearing a crown, who promises that Macbeth cannot lose in battle until Birnam wood physically moves toward his stronghold at Dunsinane.
Summary of act 4
Summary of act 5
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