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An Analysis of Central Themes in William Shackespears MacbethWilliam Shakespeare was born on approximately April 23 1564 and died on the same day in 1616 at 52 years of age All of Shakespeares dramatic writings were written in the span of the last 25 years of his life making his literary productivity even more amazing Macbeth is the fourth and last of the great tragedies probably first performed in 1606 during the first years of King James Is reign As in Shakespeares other plays Macbeth is based on a much earlier mythic-historical source Scholars attribute Shakespeares source to the Chronicles of Holinshed which recounts the reigns of one Duncan and Macbeth in around the year 1050 As usual Shakespeare just relies of the bare skeleton of his source tale adding much by way of plot complication and structural complexitySPp1 In macbeth Shakespear explores the themes of blood self-love and good vs evil in the development of characters and plot A struggle is present in every tragedy as a person tries to overcome their flaws and fit the mold of their idealMGp327 William Shakespeare plainly defined a good man in the play Macbeth This goal by its definition is a difficult one for any man to achieve Prudence and logic temperance and patients as well as the vindication of honor are Shakespeares defining characteristics of a good man As with any well written tragedy Macbeths title character and hero had to fall from his place of greatness to see his faults and begin his agonizing climb back to his previous position His position that of a good man was one that demanded respect in the beginning of Macbeth Macbeth was written while Scotland lacked a good leader to defend it from a Norwasian invasion During this dangerous situation Macbeth stood out as the most commanding figure by defeating the rebel army His thrill towards the witches prophecies all confirmed his hopes of becoming the King and
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