By: Dominic Corey
GCSE Macbeth Coursework about “The Tragedy of Macbeth” often confuses students because topics that they are being assigned to write are usually puzzling for them. If students carefully analyze the acts and themes of the play, Macbeth; then, whatever the topic they may be assigned for their Macbeth coursework, it won’t puzzle them. In other words, proper analysis of characters and events in the play will allow students to gather points for their coursework.
Theme of good and evil is one of the core themes in Macbeth. Therefore, students are often assigned a topic “Fight between Good and Evil” as their Macbeth coursework. If you read the play carefully, you will realize that evil dominates over good throughout the play till the slain of Macbeth.
Students should carefully observe the lines of witches Fair is foul, and foul is fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air" in the first act. If they observe these lines carefully; then, they will realize how the three witches set confusion for the characters of the play and depict them to believe that evil is good and good is evil.
Macbeth’s ambition of becoming king after hearing the prophecies is also one of the major themes in Macbeth. Three prophecies that the three witches revealed to Macbeth are: “Thane of Glamis”, “Thane of Cawdor” and “Be King Hereafter” respectively.
If you study the play carefully; then, you will realize that it was Macbeth unchecked ambition that lead him to commit evil deeds. After murdering the king, greed for power develops in him; consequently, he kills anyone who stands in his way. Macbeth goes against nature in the play by murdering his people rather than protecting them; thus, he meets a tragic fate in the end.