Monday, April 2, 2012

Macbeth, Historical Backround Notes

  • "Macbeth" was written by William Shakespeare between 1603 and 1607
  • James IV of Scotland, Shakespeare's patron, became James I of England in 1603
  • May have been inspired by the real King Macbeth of Scotland, however the real Macbeth was an admired king while the play version was somewhat a tyrant.
  • Side note: some people in the world of theatre believe the play is cursed and will not call it by name. They called it "The Scottish Play"
  • Shakespeare heavily draws upon the Holinshed’s Chronicles of the History of England and Scotland, which give a detailed account of the real King Macbeth

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