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            Macbeth is one of many famous plays written by playwright William Shakespeare. It is a tragic story of a blindly ambitious general with a strong-willed wife who must try to cope with the guilt of murdering an innocent king in order to further their power. Macbeth's encounter with the witches caused him to act upon his ambitions, launching the series of events which ultimately leads to his downfall.
             At the beginning of the play, three witches meet Macbeth and Banquo as they return from a battle. They predict that Macbeth will be named Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland and that Banquo will be the father of kings. The witches vanish and Ross, a nobleman of Scotland, enters to greet Macbeth with the title of Cawdor, which was taken from a traitor whom is to be executed. All three men then go to the Palace of Forres, where King Duncan reassures Macbeth of his entitlement. Announcing that his eldest son, Malcolm, is to be his heir, Duncan states his intention to visit Macbeth's castle, Glamis. Macbeth starts to believe the prophecies of the witches that he will be the King and at this point his ambition begins to take hold of him: "The Prince of Cumberland! That's an obstacle that will trip me up unless I leap over it. It lies in my way. Stars, stop shining! Let darkness hide my wicked ambitions!" (1.4.50-51). Macbeth sends a letter to Lady Macbeth notifying her of what had happened to him that day. When Lady Macbeth reads the letter, she decides her husband must take advantage of the opportunity, taking the crown by murder. However, she fears that her husband is not capable of doing such an act. Lady Macbeth remains relentless on the issue and pressures him with attacks on his manhood. Macbeth is convinced by his wife's assails that he should murder Duncan in order to take the position of king, fulfilling the prophecy. He proceeds and kills King Duncan while he is sleeping. .

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