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Macbeth Themes

Macbeth Themes

Fate and Free Will

(Click the themes infographic to download.) The dog ate my homework. The devil made me do it. She forced me to eat that apple. People have been coming up with excuses for their actions since Ugg f...

Ambition

(Click the themes infographic to download.) You'd think it was enough to be the nation's greatest warrior and Thane of Cawdor. What more could a man want? Apparently, a lot. Once Macbeth has had a...

Power

(Click the themes infographic to download.) Absolute power corrupts absolutely… unless, of course, your absolute power is a god-given right. In Shakespeare's time, the Divine Right of Kings was...

Versions of Reality

(Click the themes infographic to download.) Bearded witches, severed fingers, and floating daggers: Macbeth is more fun than a haunted house at the state fair. And, like that haunted house, nothin...

Gender

(Click the themes infographic to download.) Ah, 11th-century Scotland: a time when men were men, and women were … either bearded witches, unsexed nags, or dead. (Yeah, did you notice that not a...

The Supernatural

(Click the themes infographic to download.) Are the three weird sisters witches, or are they just … three weird sisters? Is there really a floating dagger, or is Macbeth just making up excuses?...

Violence

(Click the themes infographic to download.) Do violent TV shows and video games actually make kids more violent? Maybe. But if they do, then you're going to have to lock up Shakespeare with a MA-1...

Time

(Click the themes infographic to download.) Macbeth's most famous speech begins "Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow," so, yes: we're going to say that time matters. (And, to be honest, this them...

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