Macbeth, Shakespeare’s play about a Scottish nobleman and his wife who murder their king for his throne, charts the extremes of ambition and guilt. First staged in 1606, Macbeth’s three witches and other dark imagery have entered our collective imagination. Read a character analysis of Macbeth, plot summary, and important quotes.
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Questions & Answers
Explore our selection of frequently asked questions about Macbeth and find the answers you need.
- Are the Witches in Macbeth real?
- Did Macbeth always want to be king?
- Why does Macbeth think the Witches want to help him?
- Does Lady Macbeth commit suicide?
- How did Birnam Wood move and why was Macduff able to kill Macbeth?
- What convinces Macbeth that the Witches' prophecy is true?
- Why does Banquo not trust the Witches?
- Why does Macbeth believe he needs to kill King Duncan?
- How does Lady Macbeth persuade Macbeth to kill King Duncan?
- Why does Macbeth kill King Duncan's two chamberlains?
- Why do King Duncan's sons, Malcolm and Donalbain, flee to England after their father is murdered?
- Why does Macbeth kill Banquo?
- How does Lady Macbeth's death affect Macbeth?
- What convinces Macbeth that he is invincible over Macduff's army?
- How does the Witches' prophecy about Banquo come true?
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