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giovedì 11 settembre 2014


This play, set in medieval Scotland, was written by William Shakespeare between 1605 and 1608 and it’s divided in five acts.

Macbeth, a brave scottish general, is coming home from a battle with his friend Banquo, when he receives a prophecy from three witches: one day he will be Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland. The witches also say that Banquo's descendants will become kings. 
After the witches disappear, a messenger from the King arrives announcing that Macbeth has been named Thane of Cawdor. Upon hearing this, Macbeth wonders whether the witches’ other prophecies will come true and starts thinking about killing Duncan in order to become King of Scotland. He lacks the courage to commit murder, but Lady Macbeth, his wife, convinces him that the deed must be done and, during the night, Macbeth stabs the sleeping Duncan, and two guards are framed for the crime.

Then Macbeth arranges for the murders of Banquo and his son, Fleance, but the plan goes wrong. Banquo is killed, but Fleance escapes. After this Macbeth becomes insane: at a royal banquet he sees the ghost of Banquo sitting in his chair and Lady Macbeth tries in vain to calm him.

Macbeth goes to the witches to see what he has to fear now. The witches show him three apparitions: the first one say to watch out for the Thane of Fife, which is Macduff, the second say that he can never be killed by "one born of a woman" and the last one say not to worry until Great Birnam (the forest) comes to the castle.

Meanwhile, Macduff has fled to England to join to Malcolm at the court of English King, Edward.
Upon learning this, Macbeth kills the innocent Lady Macduff and her children.
Malcolm and Macduff decide to lead an army against Macbeth. He feels safe in his remote castle at Dunsinane until he is told that Birnam Wood is moving towards him. The truth is that Malcolm’s army is carrying branches from the forest as camouflage for their assault on the castle. 
Meanwhile Lady Macbeth sleepwalks, wringing her hands together, and inadvertently reveals her part in the murder. She kills herself as the final battle commences. Macduff challenges Macbeth who, on learning his adversary is the child of a Ceasarian birth, realises he is doomed. The play ends with the 
death of Macbeth and with Macduff crowned king.

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