A plot of ruthless politics, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth plot to ensure their place on the throne. Macbeth and Banquo, the leaders of the Scottish army, encounter a group of witches who prophecize that Macbeth will be King, and that Banquo will be the father of kings. Macbeth is perturbed by the prophecy and completely absorbed by his evil thoughts and plots of murder, while his wife is ruthless and stops at nothing to achieve their goals. After they kill the King, Macbeth and his wife are overcome by fear, paranoia, and rage, but they continue to kill everyone in their way to maintain their place on the throne. Ultimately, it becomes their undoing.
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