Provide a one to two sentence summary of the plot of Macbeth?Focus on the character of Macbeth

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durbanville | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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To provide such a short summary is a difficult task so I will give you some ideas and you can select from those. Start with key words to help you make your selection such as

  • the battle between good and evil  -  this encompasses the themes of appearance versus reality including the natural and the unnatural, loyalty and honor versus treachery and order versus disorder
  • Macbeth - a noble warrior is reduced to an irrational "idiot" - to use his own words: "It is a tale Told by an idiot...Signifying nothing"
  • The influence of others and acceptance of responsibility for one's own actions which bring a set of consequences.
  • An unfailing belief in Macbeth's contribution to his own fate or destiny.

From the above, you could conclude that

Macbeth is about one man's failings and his complete self-absorption and failure to accept the consequences of his immoral and unthinkable acts. Who started out as a noble warrior and indeed a hero in his king's eyes becomes the epitome of evil in the face of an environment where "fair is foul and foul is fair. "  

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