Women as the Greatest Source of Evil in William Shakespeare's Macbeth

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Women as the Greatest Source of Evil in William Shakespeare's Macbeth

Shakespeare wrote Macbeth the play in 1606. It was written to entertain the king (James 1st). The Play was preformed at Hampton Court and James was in the audience.

King James would have enjoyed the play because it was very personal to him. He would have been able to relate to it as it linked to his own life in many ways. For example, in 1605 Guy Fawkes and a group of catholic men tried to kill the king by blowing up the houses of parliament, but Fawkes was caught and executed. This is linked to the play, as King James would have interpreted Macbeth's treachery against the king as a sign of the moral and divine justice of his
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The witches play a major part. They affected the way Macbeth thought and they influenced him to kill king Duncan. This is linked with James because he had three witches killed for the reason that they were accused of brewing a storm to try and shipwreck the king. Witch hunts were common and any unexplainable or out of the ordinary behaviour would be thought of as witchcraft. This conveys why Shakespeare has made the witches play a major part in the storyline and overall feeling of the play Macbeth.

The three witches in the play are introduced right at the beginning and the opening scenes give an immediate impression of mystery, horror and uncertainty. This is a sign of things to come. In the opening scene the weather is thunder and lighting a mirror image of the way the witches are perceived. When you think of thunder and lighting you think of evil, destruction and darkness this is exactly the way the witches are represented. They are a dark force and cause destruction in Macbeth's life. This already gives the impression that the witches are a great source of evil this is shown through the setting/ stage directions. The

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