Tragedy hero Macbeth

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"The Tragedy of Macbeth" is among the most popular of William Shakespeare's plays, as well as his shortest tragedy. It is frequently performed at professional and community theatres around the world. This play is typical tale of lust for power and betrayal of friends it is based upon the historical account of King Macbeth of Scotland by the Scottish philosopher Hector Boece. Boece's account flattered King James VI of Scotland (also known as King James I of England), and greatly quip the real-life Macbeth, the King of Scots.

In Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth, the destiny usually appeared with supernatural phenomenon; such as the witches, the ghost of Banquo and Lady Macbeth’s sleep-walking. The witches appeared totally four times in the play: ACT-I, S-1; S-3; ACT-III, S-5; ACT-IV, S-1. Except ACT- I S-1 and ACT-III, S-5, the other two are having important function to the Macbeth destiny.

The first time Macbeth and Banquo met three witches at a bright and overcast day, their giving three predictions for Macbeth is that he would BE thane of Glamis, the thane of Cawdor and the king in the future.

In the beginning, Macbeth didn’t believe, after that two current prediction realized, Macbeth at that time thought of: If good, why I yield to that suggestion. Whose orrid image doth unfix my hair, and make my seated heart knock at my ribs, against the use of nature? Present fears, are less that horrible imaginings. My thought, whose murther ye is but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man, that function is smother’d in surmise, and nothing is, but what is not. (ACT-I S-3) after that, he thought immediately, if chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me. When Duncan his son Malcolm as crown prince, Macbeth understood he had to strive for the...