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Macbeth Introduction
Written by William Shakespeare in 1605
 Macbeth overthrows the rightful King of
 Written at the beginning of King James I reign
 Before
James succeeded Elizabeth I he was king of
 Placing the play in James’ homeland probably
pleased him
Will the real Macbeth please stand
Macbeth was a real king of Scotland
 He did kill King Duncan
 Reigned from 1040-1057
 Unlike the Macbeth in Shakespeare’s play
 The
real Macbeth had a legitimate claim to the
 The real Macbeth was a strong leader
 The real Macbeth’s reign was successful
 The real Macbeth was killed at Lumphanan as
opposed to Dunsinane
*So this is a comedy… right..? Nope!
One of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies
(it is also his shortest)
 Violence + Literary Devices = Evil Mood
 Most
of the play take place at night
 Heavy emphasis on the supernatural (witches,
dreams, spells, and ghosts)
Corrupting power of unchecked ambition
 Cruelty and masculinity
 Kingship (leadership) vs. tyranny