Reading Log of Macbeth

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Caleb Abernathy
English 1302
3rd Period
4/22/13
Reading Log Two
“Macbeth”
Part One: Author Biography
William Shakespeare was born in April of 1564 in Stratford-on-Avon. Shakespeare had three kids, Hamnet, Susanna, and Judith, with his wife Anne Hathaway. After the birth of his children, Shakespeare was not seen again until 1592, which is when he began to emerge in the theatrical world. At the peak of his career he wrote plays such as, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, Macbeth and many more. In 1611 Shakespeare retired in Stratford until his death on April 23, 1616. Part Two: Summary

Macbeth and Banquo are walking through a field when three witches appear before them. The witches prophesy to them and reveal that Macbeth will become thane of Cawdor and then King of Scotland. The witches then disappear and soon after a man walks up to Macbeth and Banquo and tells them that, Macbeth is now the new thane of Cawdor, because the old thane of Cawdor was a traitor. Macbeth sends a letter, telling of the prophecies the witches predicted, to his wife, Lady Macbeth. Due to his victory and his new title, King Duncan decides to come and stay the night at Macbeth’s home. Before the arrival of the king, Lady Macbeth convinces Macbeth to be a man and gain the throne by killing the king. Once King Duncan has gone to his quarters to sleep Macbeth acts, and murders the king. Distraught, Macbeth returns to Lady Macbeth with bloody hands and feeling very guilty. Lady Macbeth scolds him, and after covering up what he had done, she tells him to wash his hands clean of the blood and the guilt will go with the blood. The next morning Macduff arrives and finds that King Duncan has been murdered. After Duncan’s sons flee the country in fear, Macbeth is crowned King of Scotland. Remembering the witches’ prophecy about Banquo’s decedents becoming kings, Macbeth sends men to go and kill Banquo and his son, Fleance. Banquo is murdered, but Fleance escapes the ambush. Banquo’s ghost then haunts...
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