Macbeth is Shakespeare's shortest and bloodiest tragedy. The play has shocked and fascinated audiences of stage and screen for nearly 400 years. It traces the disintegration of a powerful man who longs for more power and will stoop to anything, even murder, to get it. Macbeth's supernatural element suggests that fate plays with us if we let it. Macbeth chooses to walk the bloody path of ambition in order to attain the glory promised him by the weird sisters.