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In Macbeth, or "the Scottish play" as actors sometimes refer to it, William Shakespeare fictionalizes the historical account of King Macbeth, ruler of Scotland from 1040 until his death in 1057. In Shakespeare's drama, Macbeth is urged on by the prophesy of three witches and the unrelenting bloodlust of his wife, Lady Macbeth, to murder King Duncan, and ascend to the throne. Once he embarks down this murderous path, however, Macbeth's own conscience turns against him, as does the cryptic prophecy of the three witches. The role of Macbeth was originally portrayed by Richard Burbage. Macbeth is Shakespeare's shortest surviving tragedy.
 
 
In Macbeth, or "the Scottish play" as actors sometimes refer to it, William Shakespeare fictionalizes the historical account of King Macbeth, ruler of Scotland from 1040 until his death in 1057. In Shakespeare's drama, Macbeth is urged on by the prophesy of three witches and the unrelenting bloodlust of his wife, Lady Macbeth, to murder King Duncan, and ascend to the throne. Once he embarks down this murderous path, however, Macbeth's own conscience turns against him, as does the cryptic prophecy of the three witches. The role of Macbeth was originally portrayed by Richard Burbage. Macbeth is Shakespeare's shortest surviving tragedy. More...

 
    Macbeth of Scotland
  Macbeth of Scotland
Mac Bethad mac Findlaích, known in English as Macbeth, was King of Scots (or Alba) from 1040 until his death. He is best known as the subject of William Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth and the many works it has inspired, although the play is historical...
 
    Shakespeare, England's National Poet
  Shakespeare, England's National Poet
William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works,...
 
       
 
         
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