Essay on Macbeth And The Gunpowder Plot

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Macbeth and the Gunpowder Plot
On March 24, 1603 Queen Elizabeth the first of England died and her reign was gathered by King James the sixth of Scotland. With this new leadership, many citizens began to have hope for the future of their country. Prior to King James ' possession of the throne, Britain had decades of controversy between the new Protestant religion, and the tradition Catholic beliefs. Because King James had a Catholic mother, wife, and daughter it seemed as though he would turn from the previously developed Protestant country and reestablish England Catholicism. However, because of his Protestant upbringings, James had no intentions of fully converting to Catholicism. The discontent of Catholic citizens grew so much during this time, "that some Catholics were willing to take extreme measures” (The Gunpowder Plot). This was seen through three failed plots against James, one of which included Robert Catesby 's plan known as the Gunpowder Plot. Because of the uproar of controversy throughout England and the new King, William Shakespeare became inspired. Following the Gunpowder Plot in 1605, Shakespeare wrote the play Macbeth to entertain and celebrate the new king, keep the theaters open, and enlighten the citizens on a life without a king.
The Gunpowder plot of 1605 was "a plan to eliminate King James and most of the Protestant ruling class” (Evans 108). Five men including Guy Fawkes and Robert Catesby met at London Inn to devise their plan against the King. On…

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