Macbeth Report.

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MACBETHSettingMacbeth takes place in Scotland, in the middle of the eleventh century.During that time, Scotlandofficially was a kingdom, but ruled mostly by pretty independent barons("thanes").The play Macbeth is based on real events: the power-struggle in the middleof the eleventhcentury. The real Macbeth ruled Scotland between 1040 and 1057, but theplay doesn't follow thatexactly. The main characters are not invented, but I doubt that theirpersonalities do accord tothose in the play.At the beginning of the play there has been a revolt against the Scottishking, by the rebelMacdonwald, in which the formerly loyal Thane of Cawdor became a traitor.Also the king ofNorway has provided troops for Macdonwald. The actions shown in the playare however mainlytaking place either in the palace or in Macbeths' castle.ToneYou can easily tell that Shakespeare's plays were meant to attract men;Shakespeare used quitebrutal expressions when describing battles, for instance, and the very plot- including murder,treachery and war - was designed for men. A good example is this report ofthe battle against thetraitor Macdonwald: "...brave Macbeth...reeking from bloodyexecution...carved out hispassage...till he unseamed him [Macdonwald] from the nave to the chaps, andfixed his headupon our battlements". I don't think that makes many women excited (exceptsome Englishteachers that find in it a great example of men's primitiveness).Reading the play, you feel like many things are predestined. Macbeth feelsit himself, but he isdrawn into the evil. Finally, he gives up, and doesn't even try to keepfrom wrongdoing.Major CharactersMacbethMacbeth is the absolute main character in the play, and is both easier andmuch harder toanalyze; there is more said about him. This is what I have perceived:In the beginning, Macbeth was a brave and loyal general in King Duncan'sarmy. He wasthoroughly a good man. Not until the Witches did tell him about his future,Macbeth began toquestion his position and loyalty. He was happy with what he had, and didnot desire anythingmore than what he had. After the prediction, however, it didn't take longbefore he was consideringkilling his king, even though he at the same time was ashamed and afraid ofhimself, for eventhinking those thoughts. Macbeth wouldn't have done anything without theencouragement by hiswife; Lady Macbeth. At one occasion (I, vii, 32-34) he says: "We willproceed no further in thisbusiness. He hath honored me of late..." But his wife challenged him tocontinue. Even WITH theencouragement he acted more or less against his own will: as if forced bydestiny? Another thingthat shows that Macbeth was somewhat noble-minded is that he feels terribleafter the murder,and that he is in anguish.When he is calmed down, he once again gets determined, and is willing todefend his positionwith the same means with which he obtained it. This is when he becomesthoroughly corrupted;he kills his friend Banquo, and the Lady Macduff and all her and thenobleman...

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