The Tragedy of Macbeth

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Dsafull title ·  The Tragedy of Macbeth
author  · William Shakespeare
type of work  · Play1. Characterize the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. If the main theme of Macbeth is ambition, whose ambition is the driving force of the play—Macbeth’s, Lady Macbeth’s, or both? An important theme in Macbeth is the relationship between gender and power, particularly Shakespeare’s exploration of the values that make up the idea of masculinity. What are these values, and how d genre  · Tragedy

language  · English
time and place written  · 1606, England
date of first publication  · First Folio edition, 1623
publisher  · John Heminges and Henry Condell, two senior members of Shakespeare’s theatrical company tone  · Dark and ominous, suggestive of a world turned topsy-turvy by foul and unnatural crimes tense  · Not applicable (drama)

setting (time)  · The Middle Ages, specifically the eleventh century setting (place)  · Various locations in Scotland; also England, briefly protagonist  · Macbeth
major conflicts  · The struggle within Macbeth between his ambition and his sense of right and wrong; the struggle between the murderous evil represented by Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and the best interests of the nation, represented by Malcolm and Macduff rising action  · Macbeth and Banquo’s encounter with the witches initiates both conflicts; Lady Macbeth’s speeches goad Macbeth into murdering Duncan and seizing the crown. climax · Macbeth’s murder of Duncan in Act 2 represents the point of no return, after which Macbeth is forced to continue butchering his subjects to avoid the consequences of his crime.


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