How do three specific examples of revenge in Macbeth  relate to examples in movies, tv shows, etc.How do three specific examples of revenge in Macbeth  relate to examples in movies, tv shows, etc.

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Macbeth is a play full of murderous acts, but only a few of them actually involve revenge.  One is Macduff killing Macbeth, the murderer of his entire family. Another is Malcolm coming back to unseat the usurper king and regain his father's throne.  The other dramatic actions of the play--such as Banquo's murder, Lady Macbeth's death--don't have a particular connection to revenge.  The only other incident which does reflect revenge is the poor sailor who pays the price for his wife's unwillingness to share her nuts with a witch. Many of the more gruesome or violent movies certainly end in the murder of the offender; however, not all do.  The principle is the same, though. 

Macduff's hunger to avenge his families' deaths is similar to nearly every action movie ever written.  Not all of them end in a murder, though most do end in the capture and punishment of the "bad guy."  Waiting, plotting, scheming are all part of the revenge, as in The Fugitive.  Malcolm's revenge is to take back what was his, a common theme found throughout the entire Lord of The Rings trilogy. The revenge taken by the witch is aimed more at punishment for an offense, something like the motive in the Bourne movie series.  All the superhero movies also have a theme of taking revenge for wrongs done to them, as do many of the horror pictures. 

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