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Macbeth, Shakespeare’s play about a Scottish nobleman and his wife who murder their king for his throne, charts the extremes of ambition and guilt. First staged in 1606, Macbeth’s three witches and other dark imagery have entered our collective imagination. Read a character analysis of Macbeth, plot summary, and important quotes.

Characters

See a complete list of the characters in Macbeth and in-depth analyses of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, The Three Witches, Banquo, and Macduff.

Main Ideas

Here's where you'll find analysis about Macbeth as a whole, from the major themes and ideas to analysis of style, tone, point of view, and more.

Quotes

Find the quotes you need to support your essay, or refresh your memory of Macbeth by reading these key quotes.

Further Study

Test your knowledge of Macbeth with our quizzes and study questions, or go further with essays on context, background, and movie adaptations, plus links to the best resources around the web.

Writing Help

Get ready to write your paper on Macbeth with our suggested essay topics, sample essays, and more.

Teacher's Handbook

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