Macbeth

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  • Historical king of Scotland. See Macbeth I of Scotland.
  • Play by William Shakespeare based loosely on the historical king Macbeth, in which the king is unflatteringly depicted. Macbeth, a general of the army of Duncan, King of Scotland, quickly rises through the ranks after a great victory over the rebel Macdonwald. In his lust for power, he and his wife murder the king, and he becomes King of Scotland himself. As he grows old he becomes more evil every day, until rebels gather to overthrow him. Actors consider this play to be 'unlucky', and usually refer to it as 'the Scottish play' rather than by name.

The Text of Shakespeare's Macbeth:

ACT I

Scene i: A desert place.
Scene ii: A camp near Forres.
Scene iii: A heath near Forres.
Scene iv: Forres. The palace.
Scene v: Inverness. Macbeth's castle.
Scene vi: Before Macbeth's castle.
Scene vii: Macbeth's castle.

ACT II

Scene i: Court of Macbeth's castle.
Scene ii: The same.
Scene iii: The same.
Scene iv: Outside Macbeth's castle.

ACT III

Scene i: Forres. The palace.
Scene ii: The palace.
Scene iii: A park near the palace.
Scene iv: The same. Hall in the palace.
Scene v: A Heath.
Scene vi: Forres. The palace.

ACT IV

Scene i: A cavern. In the middle, a boiling cauldron.
Scene ii: Fife. Macduff's castle.
Scene iii: England. Before the King's palace.

ACT V

Scene i: Dunsinane. Ante-room in the castle.
Scene ii: The country near Dunsinane.
Scene iii: Dunsinane. A room in the castle.
Scene iv: Country near Birnam wood.
Scene v: Dunsinane. Within the castle.
Scene vi: Dunsinane. Before the castle.
Scene vii: Another part of the field.
Scene viii: Another part of the field.

Films on Macbeth:

Macbeth by Orson Welles
Macbeth by Roman Polanski
Throne of Blood by Akira Kurosawa

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