William Shakespeare's Macbeth
The main part of the play involves 3 witches, who are important they
deliver dramatic, significance to the play, which creates an
atmosphere, which Shakespeare wanted, from the public. The witches
have this dramatic part in the play because during Elizabethan times
witches were part of life: People were scared of them because they
believed that witches could communicate with the dead. They even
believed some could see into the future. So to see a play about
witches would be alarming. People were frightened but it would still
attract people to come and see it. It would be a once in a lifetime
opportunity, to catch sight of a play about witches. During the play
Macbeth comes across the three witches. They predict that curtain
things will happen to Macbeth. The witches take control of Macbeth and
bring the evil in Macbeth out of him.
In Shakespeare's time there were probably not more than five public
theatres in the whole country, they were all in London. The plays were
performed in courtyards, or inns. This is where playhouses originated.
Stagecraft during Elizabethan times were simple sounds effects for
example: dropping of a cannon- ball for the noises of thunder.
Trapdoors were used for the sudden disappearance of ghosts.
Witchcraft in about 1603 we must remember that England was not the
industrial, urban society it is today. Belief of witchcraft was wide
spread. In 1604 it became punishable by death, this was to try and
attempt to subvert god's natural order. We see clearly the witches
have beards. They substitute death at the point of birth; their major
achievement is leading Macbeth, to destru...
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depths to which Macbeth has fallen in murdering, without any
compunction, women and children.
One consequence of his visit is that certainty of "security" which has
troubled Macbeth from the outset. One factor is establishing the trust
worthiness of the prophecies in Macbeth's mind is the speed with which
they a happen "Cawdor" followed immediately upon their pronunciation
of it, now, having been told to watch out for Macduff, Lennox appears
with the same warning. Of course the "irony" is that all the
prophecies are double- edged and turn against him. Banquo comment
accurately reflects the truth: "The instruments of darkness of
darkness tell us truths:/ Win us with honest trifles, to betrayer's /
in deepest consequence". These words are prophetic and an indictment
of all that Macbeth comes to believe.
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