An analysis of Shakespeare’s `Macbeth` as a tragic tale of history, allegiance and betrayal.
This paper contends that `Macbeth` is a classic because its protagonist was not, in terms of universal humanity, a royal king nor a common pauper, but instead merely a man who, like all of humanity, must choose between the paths of right and wrong and pay the consequences of that choice.
In all the many works that this master of the English language produced throughout his lifetime, few of the central themes and events were concocted from the writer’s mind or imagination. Instead, Shakespeare, like many of his contemporaries, looked to the annals of history for ideas on which to base his many works of tragedy and comedy. Macbeth, a short theatrical tragedy that many label as Shakespeare’s best, was no exception to this rule.