Essay by Michael ChanHigh School, 10th grade November 1996

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Macbeth was written while when Scotland lacked a good Leader to defend

it from a Norwasian invasion. During this dangerous situation, Macbeth

stood out as the most commanding figure by defeating the rebel army. His

thrill towards the witches' prophecies all confirmed his hopes of becoming

the King and replacing King Duncan, who lacked the power and courage to

save his country from this invasion.

In this essay, I will discuss Macbeth during the many experiences that

he had faced and come across and I will show how these experiences and

pressures that he faced helped with the conclusion and theme of the play

which yet has to be understood.

The first signs that tell us of Macbeth's thoughts of becoming King were

found when the King proclaimed his son, Malcolm, the heir to the Scottish

throne, and Macbeth considered murder to overcome this obstacle that would

prevent him from becoming the King.

The prince of Cumberland! That is a step

On which I must fall down, or else o'erleap,

For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires!

Let not light see my black and deep desires.

The eye wink at the hand; yet let that be,

Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see.

(Act 1:Scene 4:ln.55)

When Lady Macbeth heard of her husband's success and read the letter, we

almost immediately feel that a new source of power had appared in the

drama. Her words reflected a great knowledge of her husband and her

practical approach to problems as seen in the following two verses.

Glacis thou art, and Cowdor, and shalt be

What thou are promised. Yet do I fear thy nature.

It is too full o' the milk of human kindness

To catch the nearest way. Thou wouldst...