The Tragedy of Macbeth
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|The Tragedy of Macbeth
|The Tragedy of Macbeth is among the most popular of William Shakespeare's plays, as well as his shortest tragedy. It is frequently performed at professional and community theatres around the world. This play is seen as an archetypal tale of the dangers of the lust for power and betrayal of friends. It is loosely based upon the historical account of King Macbeth of Scotland by the Scottish philosopher Hector Boece. Boece's account flattered the antecedents of his patron, King James VI of Scotland (also known as King James I of England), and greatly maligned the real-life Macbeth, the King of Scots.
DRAMATIS PERSONAE (Persons Represented):
- DUNCAN, King of Scotland.
- MALCOLM, his Son.
- DONALBAIN, his Son.
- MACBETH, General in the King's Army.
- BANQUO, General in the King's Army.
- MACDUFF, Nobleman of Scotland.
- LENNOX, Nobleman of Scotland.
- ROSS, Nobleman of Scotland.
- MENTEITH, Nobleman of Scotland.
- ANGUS, Nobleman of Scotland.
- CAITHNESS, Nobleman of Scotland.
- FLEANCE, Son to Banquo.
- SIWARD, Earl of Northumberland, General of the English Forces.
- YOUNG SIWARD, his Son.
- SEYTON, an Officer attending on Macbeth.
- BOY, Son to Macduff.
- An English Doctor. A Scottish Doctor. A Soldier. A Porter. An Old Man.
- LADY MACBETH.
- LADY MACDUFF.
- Gentlewoman attending on Lady Macbeth.
- HECATE,and three Witches.
- Lords, Gentlemen, Officers, Soldiers, Murderers, Attendants, and Messengers.
- The Ghost of Banquo and several other Apparitions.
SCENE: In the end of the Fourth Act, in England; through the rest of the Play, in Scotland; and chiefly at Macbeth's Castle.
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