'Macbeth' Study Guide

'Macbeth' Study Guide and Summary

This Macbeth study guide is the ultimate guide to Shakespeare's shortest and most intense play. First performed in around 1605, the play follows the rise and fall of Macbeth who is brought down by his own excessive ambition.

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'Macbeth' Study Guide: Summary
'Macbeth' Study Guide: Summary. Photo © NYPL Digital Gallery

The story of Shakespeare’s most intense tragedy is condensed into this Macbeth summary, capturing the essence of the Bard’s shortest play.

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'Macbeth' Characters Guide

'Macbeth' Study Guide: 'Macbeth' Characters
'Macbeth' Study Guide: 'Macbeth' Characters. Photo © NYPL Digital Gallery

Who are the main Macbeth characters? Why does Macbeth murder? What do the three witches do? What happens to Lady Macbeth? Find out in our Macbeth characters guide.

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'Macbeth' Study Guide: Themes
'Macbeth' Study Guide: Themes. Photo © NYPL Digital Gallery

Read about all of the main Macbeth themes with our concise guide covering ambition and guilt in Macbeth.

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'Macbeth' Study Guide: The Witches
'Macbeth' Study Guide: The Witches. Photo © NYPL Digital Gallery

The Macbeth witches are essential to the plot of Macbeth because their prophesies drive Macbeth’s thirst for power and enable Lady Macbeth to pursue her own ambitions.

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'Macbeth' Study Guide: Macbeth Character Analysis
'Macbeth' Study Guide: Macbeth Character Analysis. Photo © NYPL Digital Gallery

Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s most intense and attractive villains. However, as this Macbeth character analysis reveals, he is a complex and multi-faceted character.

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'Macbeth' Study Guide: Lady Macbeth Character Analysis
'Macbeth' Study Guide: Lady Macbeth Character Analysis. Photo © NYPL Digital Gallery

This Lady Macbeth character analysis introduces one of Shakespeare’s best female villains and asks if her presentation is misogynistic.

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'Macbeth' Study Guide: Quiz
'Macbeth' Study Guide: Quiz. Photo © Last Resort / Getty Images

Know your 'Macbeth' inside out? Find out with our fun quiz.