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This 5 page report discusses the very human characteristic of the desire for revenge. Revenge is an ancient and prevalent reality that has been presented throughout the literature, religious texts, and dramas of more than a thousand years of human history. The role played by revenge in Shakespeare’s “darkest drama,” Macbeth is certainly evidence of that. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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with the terrorists attacks on American of September 11th and the subsequent battles in Afghanistan. It is also an ancient and prevalent reality that has been presented throughout the literature,
religious texts, and dramas of more than a thousand years of human history. The role played by revenge in Shakespeares "darkest drama," Macbeth is certainly evidence of that.
Shakespeares "Scottish Play" is loosely based on an event in Scottish history, the death of King Duncan (sometimes referred to as "Duncan the Meek") at the hands of a family
member -- Macbeth -- who was a great "thane" or lord and the revenge that is sought for that death. It is important to understand that regardless of the
many historical accounts of the lineage and accomplishments of the real Macbeth, certain aspects of Shakespeares "Macbeth" are clearly the constructs of the Bards own imagination and devices making for
a better story-telling. However, Shakespeare shows a man whose increasing paranoia is causing him to lose his mind under the burden of guilt, his interactions with supernatural forces, and the
power of revenge that is directed toward him. Interestingly, Shakespeare makes him seem as if he understands that his own deterioration is the result of the action he has taken
and that such "psychic" revenge is having a far more powerful impact on him than any possible "real " revenge. As Macbeth says in the third act of the play:
"But let the frame of things disjoint, both the worlds suffer / Ere we will eat out meal in fear, and sleep / In the affliction of these terrible dreams
/ That shake us nightly. Better be with the dead, / Whom we, to gain our peace, have sent to peace, / Than on the torture of the mind to