3 Macbeth Research Paper TopicsAlthough one cannot write about Shakespeare in the same way one can write about Macbeth, one must study many of his plays. In this article I will examine three of Shakespeare's Macbeth research paper topics.
* The central concept of Macbeth is a high-stakes game of political intrigue. As the sun rises and the rain falls, the king, played by Macbeth, plots with his double-crossing sisters to gain the throne and gain revenge for all that he has lost. He also is running out of time, and his brother's army is ready to drive him out of Scotland if he doesn't perform a bloodless coup.
In Macbeth, the king's decision to take the throne represents his commitment to his family, to his values, and to the ideals of his religious faith. This commitment of Macbeth as an individual, as an idealist, and as a Christian is what makes him truly heroic. It also puts him in opposition to Cromwell, who represents the values of betrayal that is expected of the king. Only in the end does Macbeth come to realize the cost of his duplicity.
* Macbeth's relationship with his father is also important. He has no choice but to turn to his older brothers to teach him the meaning of loyalty. His father, however, has died and his mother has been traded away for his half-brother's land. He is thus forced to turn to his brothers to be his main teaching source. The play shows his struggle to find his way in this new environment.
This struggle to adapt to his new circumstances forces Macbeth to ask difficult questions of himself and his faith. One of these questions is whether or not he can still be a Christian. He even wonders whether his supposed adherence to his Christian ideals is an empty pretense.
The problem that comes with this contemplation of Macbeth's Christian beliefs is the image of his impending death. However, Macbeth is ultimately saved by a timely prophecy. In fact, Macbeth himself turns out to be a prophetic character as well.
For a study of Macbeth's Macbeth research paper topics I recommend you read Christopher Marlowe's sonnets in the original language rather than transcribing them. (A Macbeth sonnet is often a great place to start when you want to read Macbeth research paper topics.)