Macbeth, What the Play Is Really About Essay

Macbeth is written by Shakespear, it is believed to have been written sometime between 1603 and 1606. When Macbeth met the witches and they told him about his future as the thane of Cardwr and the king, he informed his wife by letter. Upon reading this letter his wife, believed the witches, and proceeded to summon the evil spirits. “ That I may pour my spirit in thin ear and chastise with the fallow of my tongue”. Lady Macbeth hatches a plan which involves her husband, Macbeth killing the king so that the prophecy the witches for told would come true.

On Macbeths way back home some of the kings men find Macbeth and inform him that the king has appointed him the thane of Cardwr. Upon executing his wife’s plan, Macbeth conscience gets the best of him which plunges him into a state of depression. After the king had died his sons ran away in fear of their lives in doing so people questioned their innocence. Whilst this was happening Lady Macbeth planted the dagger in the servants quarters. Macbeth then silenced the servants before they could protest their innocence in doing so Macbeth falls into a deeper depressive state.

Macbeth after realizing what the witches told Banqou, he invited Banqou and his son Fleance to stay at his castle. Macbeth afraid that Fleance would over through him he sent out some men to kill them. They succeeded in killing Banqou however they failed to kill Banqou’s son Fleance. At a banquet Macbeth has he see’s Banqou’s ghost and starts ranting in anger and shock, the guests are deeply concerned about their new king then lady Macbeth send them out to talk to her husband. Even though Macbeth is in deep depression, lady Macbeth evil thoughts running though her mind, happy that she is now Queen can not help feel a little down.

After getting the title Macbeth got as king he went back to the witches in hope that them making new prophecies would fill the hole he feels inside and that it will cure his guilt. The witches said “ Beware Macduff”, “ none of woman born shall harm Macbeth”, and “ never vanquished be until Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinare hill shall come against him”. Lady Macbeth looses control and starts turning insane from the guilt she is feeling, doing things like washing imaginary bloodstains off her hands and speaking of the deeds she and her husband committed.

Meanwhile Macbeth is deeply concerned by what the witches tell him and send men to slaughter Macduff’s whole in cold blood, this act however pushed Macbeth into a black hole. In a rage of furry and hurt Macduff “ Cut down and carry tree limbs to camouflage their numbers thus fulfilling the witches third prophecy ”. At the same time Macbeth receives shocking and hurtful news that his wife had died by her own hand. The battle begins. Macbeth and Macduff confront each other after the slaying of young Siward.

Macbeth feels really cocky, boasting that he has no fear of Macduff and that he can’t “ be killed by any man born of woman ”. Macduff shouts in anger that he was “ from his mothers womb untimely ripped “. Macduff was born by caesarean. The shock in Macbeths eyes. The last thing he though was “ the witches had misled him as Macduff puts all his power into the sword which decapitates Macbeth, and in doing so the last of the prophecies is fulfilled. Fleance, Banqou’s son didn’t receive the throne Malcome did but the witches prophecies concerning Banqou “ Thou shalt get king “.

Did come true as it is believed that James 1 of England was a descendant of Banqou. In conclusion we believe this play is about a man who loves his life, and then suddenly it is fore told that he will be king. Lady Macbeth has two sides to her. She tells her husband to murder the king for this will be a great opportunity. However we believe when lady Macbeth summand the evil spirits they passed through her, living in her body, controlling her, as lady Macbeth controls her husband in a way lady Macbeth rules as a secret king.