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Analysis: Tough-o-Meter

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(8) Snow Line

We admit it: Macbeth is hard. The plot isn't overly complicated, since the tragedies tend to be more straightforward, and this plot is basically Man Meets Witches, Man Kills King and Many Others; Man is killed. Finis.

But in the midst of all that, there's a lot of treasonous talk, confusing prophecy, and even a brief detour to England. Like a lot of Shakespeare's plays, it's easier to watch than it is to read, but even then it's not super easy. But relax: Shmoop is here to help.

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