A. ) Title: Macbeth Author: William Shakespeare Publisher: The Boobs-Merrill Company Inc. Date: 1968 Pages: 156 B. ) Macbeth begins with three witches setting the tone of the play. The three witches throughout the play will make predictions and keep the readers continually wondering. The king of Scotland, Duncan, receives a message saying that his army has defeated a Norwegian invader.
Macbeth, an army general in his army, received most of the credit for the victory. Because of this victory and Macbeth’s part in it his given the title, Thane Candor. Macbeth’s wife, Lady Macbeth, begins to get greedy and wants as much power as she can get and will stop and nothing to obtain it. Macbeth and Banque, another general in the army are returning from the battle when they encounter the three witches. They announce that Malcolm will one day be heir to the throne. This prediction makes Macbeth happy because he had dreams of one day being king.
The announcement that upsets Macbeth is that King Duncan announces that his son Malcolm will take over the throne after his death. After the king’s announcement he plans to visit and dine with Macbeth at his home. The idea of power again enters the minds of Macbeth and his wife after this announcement and they start thinking how to gain control of the throne themselves. When Duncan arrives at Macbeth’s home Lady Macbeth plans to kill Duncan.
She plans to do this while he’s sleeping, but in his sleep he resembles her father and she is unable to go through with it. So Macbeth carries out the plan. The two also made sure that they covered their tracks by making it look like the servants killed the king. After hearing the news about their father, Malcolm and Donalbain, Duncan’s sons flee fearing for their lives. Macbeth immediately takes control of the throne assuming he is the new king.
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Malcolm and Donalbain launch a surprise attack on the castle to take back the throne. During the attack Macbeth is killed. Lady Macbeth eventually went crazy and committed suicide. C. ) I really liked reading Macbeth. After I enjoyed reading Romeo and Juliet, I thought it would be fun to read another one of Shakespeare’s works.
Although I found Macbeth interesting, there were times when it was hard to understand. In the end I really enjoyed the book.