Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” is one of his most famous tragedies. This basically means that the play does not have a “happy ending”. These plays invoke powerful emotions such as anger, grief and disgust within the audience and are not for the faint–hearted. These plays usually end with the death of the main character or characters and the main sentiment will be sadness instead of the happiness in the end of comedies or love stories. The themes of such plays are usually dark or frustrating. In the case of Macbeth it is downright grizzly, while in “Romeo and Juliet” the audience will wish they could jump into the play and correct the mistakes the characters are making. Both these things will inevitably lead to death.
Macbeth’s quick descent into madness in a clear sign that the play is going to end with his death. At the beginning of the play the witches create an evil atmosphere and the sense of impending doom. This is reinforced after their meeting with Macbeth when he begins to think of murdering the King. After he had done so it becomes obvious that the play is going to end with his death. As the play advances the gruesome happenings and the tragic death of Lady Macbeth sets a very dark and pessimistic atmosphere. However at the end of the play Macbeth, who has since become a tyrant, was slain and a new king declared. This adds some positive feelings to the play to make the ending seem right.