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Susan Hurn eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Macbeth is a political play in that it deals with the Scotland's power structure and political intrigue. The murder of King Duncan is an act to gain political power, and Macbeth's subsequent murders are committed to maintain political power. He chooses to do whatever he deems necessary to remain King of Scotland. Macbeth is defeated through a political alliance between those in Scotland who wish to bring him down and the English forces who join them in waging war upon Macbeth. Political intrigue is found in the play in Macbeth's early attempts to conceal his role in Duncan's death and in Malcolm's efforts to determine Macduff's loyalties. The play, however, surpasses politics. In the characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, Shakespeare examines a very dark side of human nature itself.