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Introduction; A summary of the plot; What is Macbeth about? How does Shakespeare create an atmosphere of evil? Is Macbeth the plaything of a giant malevolence? How sympathetic do we feel to Macbeth? Why is the relatively uneducated Macbeth's language so difficult? Is Duncan a saintly king? How good a man is Banquo? How close is the Macbeths' marriage? What happens to the marriage? Is Macduff this play's real hero? So what of the play's final scene? Is it or isn't it triumphal? Is life a tale "told by an idiot/Signifying nothing"? A short chronology.
Professor Graham Bradshaw is the author of Shakespeare's Scepticism, described by Harold Bloom as "one of the half-dozen or so best modern books about Shakespeare" and numerous other books and essays. A former Professor of English at Chuo University in Tokyo and before that a Reader at the University of St Andrews, he began his career at Cambridge. He is now an Honorary Professor of English and Fine Arts at the University of Queensland.