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Macbeth is a play written by William Shakespeare in the early 17th century and is about death and deceit between Scottish nobles At the time when the play was written the story in the play was very relevant with witchcraft just becoming an executable offence and in the play a king is killed which was and a still is a very serious offence but even more back them because people thought the king was chosen by god so killing a king was going against god and nature Both of these things would have caused a lot of controversy The play is also written for the king at the time James One of his ancestors was Banquo a character in the play In real life Banquo was evil but Shakespeare made Macbeth the evil one and Banquo the good one to please the King Also the themes of deceit and rebellion are relevant to the time mainly due to the gun powder plot than had only just happened The first scene sets the scene with the mysterious gathering of the three witches The use of thunder and lighting in the scene is a symbol of evil and gives a more hostile atmosphere The witches prophesises meeting Macbeth upon the heath after the battle is complete The second scene is perhaps the true start to the play In this scene a wounded sergeant is telling the king how Macbeth won the battle for the Scotland This paints a picture of Macbeth being a very brave courageous fighter and leader in battle Duncan shows his gratitude to Macbeth by saying O valiant cousin worthy gentlemen This shows that the king thinks so highly of Macbeth that he sees him as a relative He also sees him as a brave and loyal soldier However Macbeth seems to be particularly ruthless this is very evident in the particularly brutal way he kills Macdonald as described by the wounded sergeant Till
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