The Works of ShakespeareRomeo and Juliet by William ShakespeareCaesar by William ShakespeareHamlet by William ShakespeareOthello by William ShakespeareAll's Well That Ends Well by William ShakespeareAs You Like It by William ShakespeareLove's Labours Lost by William ShakespeareMeasure for Measure by William ShakespeareThe Merry Wives of Windsor by William ShakespeareA Midsummer Night's Dream by William ShakespeareMuch Ado About Nothing by William ShakespeareTaming of the Shrew by William ShakespeareThe Tempest by William ShakespeareTwelfth Night by William ShakespeareWinter's Tale by William Shakespeare
Macbeth By William ShakespeareThe Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, is perhaps one of his most well know works. As the shortest and bloodiest tragedy, the story begins with a brave Scottish general named Macbeth. The premise of Macbeth’s tragedy is his demise from an honorable solider to a coward and traitor. The conflict begins when Macbeth receives a prophecy from three witches that one day he will become King. This prediction enviably consumes him with ambition and greed. Macbeth is further lead down his treacherous path by his wife, Lady Macbeth who urges him to murder King Duncan and seize the throne without hesitation. Consumed by guilt and fear Macbeth becomes tyrannical, paranoid, and suspicious. Hence killing others to secure his place, and as the bloodbath continues it drives Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to arrogance, madness, and eventually their deaths.
Additionally, the three witches’ made another prophecy to Macbeth’s good friend Banquo. They eluded that although Banquo would never be king he would produce a king. Banquo accepted this fate with patience while Macbeth accepted his with desire and took action against his friend and his son Fleance. Both Macbeth and Banquos reactions to the prophecies are what created the theme of good vs. evil, embodied by Macbeth and Duncan, respectively; as well as the themes of power vs. ambition and guilt vs. remorse.
Macbeth is not Shakespeare’s most complex play, but it is one of his most thrilling and emotionally intense. Whereas Shakespeare’s other major tragedies, explore the intellectual dilemmas faced by their subjects and the detailed characters, Macbeth plummets tragically from its opening to its conclusion.