Macbeth Book Review

William Shakespeare is a playwright and actor born in April 1564. William, a wealthy landowner who lived in Stratford upon-Avon, married Anne Hathaway and had three children. In 1623, Shakespeare published The Tragedy of Macbeth. Whilst researching for Macbeth, “Shakespeare found a spectacle of violence- the slaughter of whole armies and of innocent families, the ambush of noble by murderers, the brutal execution of rebels. He also came upon stories of witches and wizards providing advice to traitors” (Werstine 13).

Macbeth is a tragic and dark play that includes assassination, murder as well as supernatural beings such as wizards, witches, and ghosts. Also, Macbeth consists of witches advising a traitor, such as Macbeth. For example, the witches tell Macbeth that he will be thane of Cawdor and then king. This prediction later prompts Macbeth to kill King Duncan in order to seize the throne for himself. Duncan believed that Macbeth was loyal to him and thus appointed him to become than of Cawdor.

Macbeth betrayed Duncan by slaughtering him in order to usurp the throne. The Tragedy of Macbeth is an ominous tale that focuses on greed, power and destiny. Macbeth constantly tests the level of humanity and shows people that bad deeds do not go unpunished. Macbeth is a play primarily set in Scotland. It is about a man, named Macbeth, whom is so blindly ambitious to become king, he kills his king and friends in order to take the crown for himself. He kills anybody that gets in his way and puts his faith in the hands of three witches.

As the story progresses, Macbeth becomes so obsessed with power to the point where he loses his family, friends and eventually his life. By the end of the story, Macbeth suffers from the fate he inflicted on all of his victims, only worse. The calamitous ending of Macbeth embodies the universal truth that destiny has its place but how one will reach their destiny is their own choice. The idea of destiny plays a fundamental role in how the theme of Macbeth is conveyed. In the play, Macbeth is imminent to become king someday but decides on taking Duncan’s life on his own.

This suggests that one’s fate is foreordained; nonetheless, one will ultimately determine how they will reach their own destiny. Macbeth, destined to become king, also kills Banquo, as well as Macduff’s entire household. Macbeth is then beheaded by Macduff, all because it was his destiny. Macbeth is a play centered on ambition and greed. Macbeth meets the weird sisters that predict he will become king. To make his fate come true, Macbeth motivated by his wife, commits murder after murder.

This desire to fulfill destiny leads Macbeth to walk the path towards his own downfall and failure. Macbeth becomes more self-centered as the play progresses. David Bevington, a professor at the University of Chicago and the editor of The Complete Works of Shakespeare, feels that, “Macbeth is a sensitive, even poetic person and as such he understands with frightening clarity the stakes that are involved in his contemplated deed of murder”(Bevington 1). Knowing the possibilities of success and failure, Macbeth chooses to follow this path.

Macbeth chooses a specific method by killing Duncan in order to fulfill this foreordained fate. All because it was his predetermined destiny. Macbeth is working for success and being too egotistic and power hungry to realize how close he comes to failure. Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. Macbeth is easy to read and contains themes such as power, greed and finally, fate. Also, supernatural beings such as ghosts and witches create a scary setting and instills fear in the reader.

Macbeth is a conflict of good and evil, a story of how one cannot hide from their predetermined destiny. The author, William Shakespeare conveys the message that fate along with human will determines one’s future. For example, when Macbeth visits the weird sisters, the third witch says ‘”All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter’” (1. 3. 4). The third witch is implying that Macbeth will become king. Nonetheless, she is not saying how he will become king. Macbeth took it upon himself to fulfill his prophecy on his own, thus taking Duncan’s life.

Macbeth was subjected to fate and was told his destiny by somebody else; although, Macbeth chose his own path to fulfill that destiny. Macbeth is an entertaining play with a dark and melancholy setting. It is an intriguing tale that intensifies with every turned page. It is an action packed play with an almost bittersweet ending. All in all, it is evident that Shakespeare chose destiny to become a prominent element in Macbeth, without removing one’s ability to make decisions. If there is a destiny that everyone must adhere to, people can still choose their own path in reaching towards that destiny.