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Macbeth Macbeth is one of Shakespeares most renowned plays written in the time when James 1 ruled the throne of Britain It is a story of trust ambition loyalty love desire and the supernatural Macbeth is well known worldwide for its discovery or analysis of evil and deep desires Of all Shakespeares plays some people say that it is the one most obsessively concerned with evil When we first hear of Macbeth he is a great and courageous warrior steeped in the blood of war 1240-42 Except they meant to bathe in reeking wounds Or memorise another Golgotha I cannot tell The revolt brought by the messengers account to King Duncan of the bloody series of battles in Act I is being used to suggest that Macbeth is a hero at this stage This is ironic as Macbeth has this horrifying potentiality for death and destruction which is held inside his own human morality only by bonds of loyalty to King Duncan which are easy to snap as the Thane of Cawdor proves by his rebellion against the King From the Thane of Cawdors execution the witches second prophecy is fulfilled by Macbeth gaining his title Macbeth now realising that two of the three prophecies has become reality is convinced that he is to take the title of King There are many antitheses in this play such as 114 When the battles lost and won 1267-68 pronounce his present death And with his former title greet Macbeth and 1270 What he hath lost noble Macbeth hath won I think Macbeth may have won the title of Thane of Cawdor but overall has lost the battle I think the most famous and meaningful antithesis throughout the play is 1110 Fair is foul and foul is fair This was spoken by the witches but Macbeths first words 1338 So foul and
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