Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department / School


First Advisor

Bruce Brandt


The play contains elements of witchcraft, temptation, corruption, murder, tyranny, and evil. Macbeth is wonderfully complex and, in places, ambiguous. The drama focuses on the change in the main character of Macbeth and the consequences of his actions. Along with Macbeth, his queen and the people of his country suffer the consequences of these evil actions. The weird sisters of the play are essential characters because they help bring about the conflict and disorder within Macbeth and Scotland. These witches and Lady Macbeth tempt Macbeth into tapping his ambition and set into motion a sequence of events which ultimately lead to destruction. Without them Macbeth may not have used his ambition, and certainly would not have used foul means, to acquire the Scottish throne.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Macbeth
James I, King of England, 1566-1625 -- Influence
Witchcraft in literature




South Dakota State University



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