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Meaning of Macbeth

Discussion in 'English' started by PuertaDelVino, Jan 19, 2020.

  1. PuertaDelVino

    PuertaDelVino New commenter


    Can anyone explain what the meaning of Macbeth is in society? It says Macbeth is a play written by William Shakespeare. It is considered one of his darkest and most powerful tragedies. Set in Scotland, the play dramatizes the corrosive psychological and political effects produced when its protagonist, the Scottish lord Macbeth, chooses evil as the way to fulfill his ambition for power

    So what psychological and political effects are produced in society then if someone is Macbeth? What kind of examples can you give?
  2. tb9605

    tb9605 Established commenter

    How long have you got? Also, which society? Today's? The contemporary society (1607)? Society around the time of William D'Avenant's rewrite? Or Verdi's opera? Or Leskov's reinterpretation?

    Short answer on the meaning of the play: it's a brazen attempt by Shakespeare to suck up to his new monarch and boss (Shakespeare by now was part of the King's Men - so King James I was his boss, not just his King) by packing the play with the King's interests (namely witchcraft, Scotland, the great chain of being and the proper conduct of a King) and making his ancestor (Banquo) look good.
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  3. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    Ha ha ha!
    Write your own blooming essay!
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  4. PuertaDelVino

    PuertaDelVino New commenter

    @TB today's society. But you can expand on some of the other times you mention if you want and explain what they did to be evil in power and who to and what happened if you like.
  5. gruoch

    gruoch Occasional commenter

    Exactly :)
  6. PuertaDelVino

    PuertaDelVino New commenter

    Do you even know me? Do you know if I want to write an essay? Do you know if I live in a Macbethian community with a castle :)
  7. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

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    PuertaDelVino New commenter

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