Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble..."
What can stir the imagination more than seeing two men all alone on a dark and stormy night, crossing a barren landscape as they encounter three strange, witch-like creatures stirring their cauldron while uttering strange incantations?
This is precisely what happens in "Macbeth" as two Scottish generals, Macbeth and Banquo, encounter these strange beings after their victorious battle. The plot thickens when these women proceed to foretell the generals' futures.
They tell Macbeth that he will be even more successful in battle, receive high honors and positions from the king and then shock him by telling him he will one day be king. They tell Banquo, Macbeth's best friend, that his children will be kings, although he will not achive this.
Thus is set in motion the plot that forms the rest of the play.
One of the great lessons to be learned by modern audiences is the consequences of choices people make. If people in leadership positions and authority roles had learned the lessons Macbeth and Banquo learned within this play, there might never have been stories like those at Enron or, more recently, that of Bernie Madoff and the Wall Street scandal.
There is value in this play for people of all ages, past, present and future.
The tragedy of Macbeth is one that has presented itself to generation after generation of viewers, readers and listeners of Shakespeare's historical play.
Modern audiences can revisit the story if they have studied it before, or review it for a current class.
Elizabethan playwright William Shakespeare was born in 1564 and died in 1616. He was born and baptized in Stratford-upon-Avon in England. He lived during the time of two powerful and influential monarchs, Elizabeth I and James VI of Scotland, who became James I of England.
Shakespeare remains one of the most celebrated writers of all time. He wrote in two genres: drama and poetry. Over his lifetime, he wrote around 37 plays and at least 154 sonnets, which continue to be read and performed today.
Some of his most famous plays include "Julius Caesar," "Romeo and Juliet," "Hamlet," "King Lear" and "The Tempest."
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