We’ve created a new feature on The Day called Connections, where we’re exploring some of the main themes of Macbeth – ambition, madness, motherhood, free will and Scotland.
We’ve selected six articles relating to these themes from news stories concerning the wider world, and included these alongside a series of activities, debate questions and links to further reading.
Why is Macbeth, which has bewitched audiences for centuries, still so powerful?
William Shakespeare’s shortest and bloodiest tragedy, it is a good starting point for those unfamiliar with the Bard’s works. It follows the hero of the title, a Scottish general, as he schemes to become King of Scotland – at the encouragement of his wife, the manipulative Lady Macbeth.