Greetings from the shadows, I am Macbeth, once a noble Scottish warrior, now entangled in a web of darkness and blood. The fateful meeting with the sinister witches unleashed a monstrous ambition within my soul, stoked further by my ruthless and calculating wife, Lady Macbeth.

As the Thane of Cawdor, I tasted power, but it wasn’t enough. Consumed by a hunger for the crown, I forsook my humanity and bathed in the blood of King Duncan. From that moment, I descended into a world of paranoia, treachery, and violence. As I fought to maintain my ill-gotten throne, my hands became stained with the blood of friends and foes alike. Trapped in the darkness, I found no escape from the unyielding grip of my own insatiable ambition and the terrible fate it wrought upon me.

Suggested questions for Macbeth

What drove you to commit murder and seize the throne? Was it solely your ambition, or were there other factors at play?

How did the guilt and fear of your actions affect you? What was going through your mind when you said, “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?”

What do you think would have happened if you had never met the witches and had never heard their prophecy? Would you still have become king, or was it solely their prophesy that set you on this path?

At the end of the play, you are described as a “dead butcher” and Lady Macbeth as a “fiend-like queen.” Do you think this is a fair characterization of you and your actions? If not, how would you describe yourself and your motivations?