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What is a short summary of Macbeth?

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chantellebabes | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 19, 2009 at 4:01 AM via web

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What is a short summary of Macbeth?

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 19, 2009 at 5:00 AM (Answer #1)

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Well, in a nutshell, an honorable man falls from grace and is punished for it. 

Macbeth, recognized for his military skill and integrity, is given a prophecy by three witches.  They tell him that he will receive two titles other than the one he has--one of those is "King".  He does get the other title, and dreams of becoming King of Scotland.  He tells his wife, and everything else is history.  Together, the two plot to make the prophecy come true.  They kill King Duncan, frame his sons, and rise to the throne.  Macbeth also kills his best friend and attempts to kill his son, Fleance, as a result of the prophecy.  To ensure his throne, he has others murdered.  Lady Macbeth can't take it and kills herself.  Macbeth vows to fight the good fight until the end, and he is beheaded.  Duncan's son, Malcolm, comes to the throne and Scotland is again a peaceful realm.

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theasiangangster | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 21, 2015 at 10:59 AM (Answer #2)

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Macbeth was a brave and loyal warrior in Scotland. He had a position as thane along with a few others like Macduff and Ross. The thane was a really high position of power like the English noble. Then due to some prophecies made 3 witches on the way home from war, Macbeth and his wife Lady Macbeth work together at first to make these premonitions about becoming future king come true. It starts off with the murdering of King Ducan. Later on that leads to the murder of many innocent people such as Banquo, Macbeth's friend and Macduff's family. Guilt and anxiety pushes Lady Macbeth to suicide but Macbeth continues his desire to become king. In a final battle, he got defeated by MacDuff and decapitated. From then on, Scotland became free from Macbeth's tyranny.

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