Macbeth Analysis
Macbeth In Shakespeare’s lifetime he wrote many plays. Many of them were
critically acclaimed and others cast aside. The crowd always wanted to be more
thoroughly entertained and Shakespeare always tried to keep up with the
people’s needs. In 1605, Shakespeare was being hounded for another work of
genius. Hamlet and King Lear had just been completed and the people of England
begged for more. He knew not of what to write and like many playwrights did some
research. He found two stories from Hollinshed’s Chronicles of England,

Scotland and Ireland. Shakespeare had already taken some ideas from there for
his plays like Henry IV and Henry V. William decided to combine the reign of

Macbeth and the murder of King Duff by Donwald and his wife, altering both to
suit his needs. Macbeth is by far the shortest play that William Shakespeare
wrote. The main reason why this is so is not because Shakespeare did not have
much to say, but because King James was so impatient. Macbeth was written
basically for the king. In fact, the emphasis on witchery was because King James
so heavily believed in sorcery. Shakespeare worried very much about the evil
powers insulting the king. After all was said and done, Macbeth was another
barrier to be broken in the great scheme of performances. It was an instant
success. King James and the court loved it along with England. No offenses were
made from Malcolm needing help from England. Shakespeare feared that James would
be offended by that. From that moment on Macbeth would be known by all. Yet the
people begged for more and hoped Macbeth would be out done by another astounding
play. Shakespeare wondered how such a task could be accomplished. What was it
about Macbeth that made it loved by everyone? Shakespeare’s style has been
analyzed by many and some still can not figure it out. His poetry has influenced
his plays immensely. Apart from the fascinating characters of the two leading
roles, the play’s chief attraction is it wonderful poetry. Scarcely a word is
wasted, and vivid images tumble after each other in a stream of color and ideas
(Ross 43). Shakespeare put great thought into what he wanted to write and his
feelings expressed themselves through the stylistic devices of tone,
characterization, and symbolism. Shakespeare’s characterization of Macbeth
exonerates the impact he had on the play. The tone in Macbeth remains sinister
and depressing throughout the play. Symbolism, on the other hand, kept the
tragedy in tact, and if understood, revealed the whole play in the very
beginning of her pages. The character of Macbeth profoundly effects the play, by
means of transpiring his actions to hurt others. If looking at the
characteristics of good and evil, it makes the reader wonder what makes a person
good or evil. Evil is not born into people, but it is the only option they have
left. Three features we have seen stand out clear in the general conception of

Macbeth. There is his eminently practical nature, which is the key to the whole.

And the absence in him of the inner life adds two special features: one is his
helplessness under suspense, the other is the activity of his imagination with
its susceptibility to supernatural terrors...His practical power develops as
capacity for crime...his mind is as scorpions; it is tortured in restless
ecstasy. Suspense has undermined his judgment and brought on him the gambler’s
fever...The third feature in Macbeth is the quickening of his sensitiveness to
the supernatural side by side with the deadening of his conscience...In the
reaction from the murder of Banquo the supernatural appearance-which no eye sees
but his own-appears more real to him than the real life around him. And from
this point he seeks the supernatural, forces it to disclose its terrors, and
thrusts himself into an agonized vision of generations that are to witness the
triumph of his foes. (Moulton 335-337) Moulton knows what he is talking about.

Macbeth was heavily influenced by supernatural forces. In fact, were it not for
them he might be living a happy and content life. The witches had a profound
affect on him. He soon found himself in a world where he wanted to know more and
more and the weird women were the only ones who could satisfy his hunger.

Macbeth went from a man who served everyone but himself to a man who served only
himself. The one thing that Macbeth had that meant the most to him was his wife.

Lady Macbeth is his world. For a man who shows so much hate, gives