Macbeth showing his blooded hands

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William Shakespeare

Discover teaching ideas and lesson planning inspiration through our range of resources, activities and other supporting materials on Shakespeare's Macbeth.

Macbeth follows the story of a Scottish nobleman who is told by witches that he will become king one day. Inspired and driven by their prophecy he goes on to kill the king and take the throne.    

When Macbeth was written King James I was on the throne of England and his fascination with witchcraft and magic can be seen throughout the play. There are lots of themes you can chose to explore in Macbeth, including:

  • Ambition
  • Fate and free will
  • Kingship 

You can discover more about these themes and where they appear in the text as well as others in our Themes Resource.

There are so many different ways of exploring the text but you may find the following particularly useful in introducing the text:

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