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MacBeth Course work Introduction William Shakespeare wrote Macbeth for James l of England who was also James Vl of Scotland. This was very convenient as the genre of the play was Scottish and it was written about a Scottish king. The play was written soon after the gunpowder plot in 1605. Guy Falk's had tried to kill James l this is very similar to the plot of the play as Duncan the king Scotland gets killed by Macbeth. Shakespeare took the basic story from The Chronicles of Scotland, a history book by Raphael Holinshed, but he changes a lot of the details. Like in the book Banquo was bad but in the play Shakespeare made him good, this was done to butter up the king. ...read more.


This was because King James l found great interest in mystical and strange things so much so that he wrote a book on witchcraft. This why the witches play such an important part in the play. Main Description of the play It is clear that at the beginning of the play I think that Shakespeare was trying to set the seen, as thunder and lighting are thought to be evil. (Act 1 scene 2) Macbeth is written to be a brave war hero as he has braved and won the civil war. In act 1 scene 3 the three witches chant on a rainy stormy heath: > "All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis" > "All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor" > "All hail Macbeth, that shalt be ...read more.


It would be the perfect crime!! I think He wouldn't have had the determination to Kill King Duncan without the planning and scheming that his wife Lady Macbeth had showed. In act 1 scene 5 Lady Macbeth calls the evil sprits into here to help scheme the murders "Unsex me here and fill me from the crown to the toe topull of direst cruelty" (act 1 scene5). She obviously saw it in Macbeth that he could be a murderer and then reign as king as the three witches had prophesied. Act 3 scene 4 brings another problem to Macbeth. Macbeth gets haunted by the ghost of Banquo Macbeth space at the table has been filled the ghost of Banquo, "The table is full" "Thou canst not stay I did it; never shake seeks help and asks the witches what this means, ?? ?? ?? ?? Sam Wellard Macbeth 01/05/07 ...read more.

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