Macbeth

Macbeth

Of all the plays of Shakespeare that I have read, Macbeth is by far my favorite. It has iconic characters and really hits home the idea that greed can make even the best of people do bad things.

Macbeth is set in Scotland and your tragic hero Macbeth is one the King’s best and most loyal servants. While out one night, he comes across a group of three witches that tell him he will one day be king. This plants the idea into his head and his wife adds to the encouragement telling that he should kill the king.

At this point, Macbeth is on the top of the world and feeling the confidence. He was successful in battle, received a lot of new land, but it’s not enough he wants more. He and his wife kill the king setting up the events of their ultimate downfall. The both suffer from the guilt of killing and innocent man and Macduff comes to realize what happened and rallies the forces against Macbeth.

Ultimately, Macbeth’s wife goes insane and Macbeths suffers the tragic fall. In my opinion, you cannot get much more of a well-crafted tragedy then Macbeth. Shakespeare was at the top of his game with this play. It has great elements like the witches, amazing plot and you honestly feel sorry for Macbeth at the end. It was clearly a case of greed gone to extremes and as soon as he did it, Macbeth knew it was wrong. This play still gives me shivers and I would do anything to see it live.