Lady Macbeth - conflict & ambition



Focus : Lady Macbeth (Conflict & Ambition)

Plot :

o   Three Witches predict great things for Macbeth.

o   Lady Macbeth persuades Macbeth to kill King Duncan to get the throne.

o   Macbeth kills King Duncan and becomes King of Scotland.

o   Macbeth has his best friend, Banquo, murdered.

o   Macbeth begins to think that he’s invincible.

o   Lady Macbeth commits suicide.

o   There is a battle and Macduff decapitates Macbeth.

Themes :

o   Evil & deception, false appearance & equivocation

o   Ambition

o   Kingship

o   Loyalty & betrayal

o   The supernatural

Genre :

o   Genre of tragedy - explores the world of the supernatural evil.

o   Witches - represent the metaphysical world of evil spirits.

o   Witches– can be seen as archetypal tempers, (recreating the original temptation that led to the fall of man.)


o   Divided into five main acts.

o   The final destruction of evil & the triumph good are shown in the concluding scene.

o   Banquet scene used ironically – (Macbeth steadily loses control), conclusion of this scene demonstrates the beginning of the rift between Lady Macbeth and her husband.

o   Lady Macbeth – becomes haunted by guilt-ridden fantasies.

o   The plot revolves around the witches’ wicked instigations to temp Macbeth with


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