Macbeth Essay Topics

Was Macbeth responsible for his own downfall?

Life is a play. You can choose between right and wrong, but either way the decisions that you make will alter someone else’s future. Macbeth has a great deal of trouble distinguishing between right and wrong decisions throughout his rise to power. He is a weak character, despite his noble reputation, and his weakness allowed… View Article

Lady Macbeth Analysis

Lady Macbeth has a manipulative, vindictive nature. She is a very controlling character yet we see her troubled mind reveal itself as the play progresses although as a character, in my opinion, when her mind unravels and her actions of insanity later occurs in the play I do not feel an ounce of sympathy for… View Article

Macbeth’s diary

I am fighting for my king, Duncan, against the enemies Sweno the king of Norway, Macdthwald lord of the western isles of Scotland and the thane of Cawdor who all are traitors. The battles were very bloody there were lots of dead people most very young soldiers. I have not seen so much blood scenic… View Article

How successful is Shakespeare’s presentation of Macbeth

In order to make a precise conclusion on how successful Shakespeare is on making Macbeth a tragic hero, the great speeches and monologues by Macbeth must be analyzed. Also the audience or reader must have to understand what makes a person a tragic hero. Obviously there must be certain conditions that the tragic hero has… View Article

Discuss the character of Banquo and his role in ‘Macbeth’

Banquo was one of Duncan’s brave generals. He was a man of honour and integrity. He held the same rank as Macbeth and they were very closely linked characters. They were courageous and loyal warriors. They both witnessed the Witches’ prophesies and their future successes were foretold throughout the play. Banquo had a generous spirit… View Article

The Supernatural and the witches

The story of Macbeth, like most of Shakespeare’s plays, tells a story that has a moral lesson attached to it. Macbeth was essentially a man who craved power but even when a prophecy was revealed that he would gain, Macbeth still wasn’t truly satisfied. Instead, he went to great lengths to ensure that his power… View Article

What Does Shakespeare’s Macbeth have to say about kingship?

Macbeth is a play written by William Shakespeare which is about a thane called Macbeth who, spurred on by his wife, commits regicide by killing the King of Scotland, Duncan. After this Macbeth becomes king and he starts to go mad ordering the murder of his subjects including his best friend Banquo and Banquo’s son,… View Article

How is Lady Macbeth an important and memorable character in Macbeth?

Lady Macbeth is an important and memorable character in Macbeth because she sets up the story by persuading Macbeth to kill Duncan. She also is memorable because she almost controls Macbeth at the start of the play which is unusual in the time of the play, as women usually didn’t have much say in relationships…. View Article

To What Extent is Lady Macbeth a `fiend like queen’?

To understand this question we must first understand the meaning of fiend, the dictionary definition of this word is: Fiend: a devil: one actuated by the most intense wickedness or hate: an addict: a devotee With this as a guide we can relate to what is in the play, and where Lady Macbeth speaks we… View Article

What is the role and dramatic significance of the witches in Macbeth?

“Macbeth” is one of the four great Shakespeare tragedies, along with “Hamlet”, “King Lear”, and “Othello”. It was written in the early 17th century, which was a time where people believed strongly in witchcraft and the dark arts. The King at the time was King James the 1st of England known also as King James… View Article

‘Macbeth’ English Coursework

1. The scene opens with Lady Macbeth speaking in soliloquy; as a director I would tell the actress to look agitated, maybe wringing her hands and pacing the stage, quite near the back of the stage so it looks as if she is almost trying to hide. In the first soliloquy she seems less powerful… View Article

The audiences’ perceptions towards Macbeth through act one

I am writing an essay on the audiences’ perceptions towards Macbeth through act one. This means what the audience’s feelings and thoughts to Macbeth are. Macbeth’s characteristics are up and down through out the whole of the act, from bad to good and evil to noble. This makes the audience unsteady on their thoughts about… View Article

Two versions of “Macbeth” act 5 scene 1

I have studied two versions of “Macbeth” act 5 scene 1, otherwise known as the sleepwalking scene. They are the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the BBC productions. I have watched several productions but I am going to focus on these two versions in particular. I want to examine the significance of the scene and analyse… View Article