Macbeth - Context

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  • Macbeth - Context
    • Costume
      • Black / dark colours = evil
      • White / light colours = good
      • Macbeth wore both - shows he is both good and evil
    • Gender
      • Role reversal
        • M is weak + vulnerable whilst LM is strong and dominant
      • Women seen as submissive, weak and cowardly
      • Men seen as dominant, strong and brave
      • Patriachal society
    • Political
      • James I - King of Scotland
        • Wrote a book that witches were planning to overthrow and murder him
        • Shakespeare writing the play would have pleased James
      • Divine Right of King
    • Shakespeare
      • Born in 1564
      • Died in 1616
      • Initially worked for Lord Chamberlain's men then became one of the Kiung's men
    • Audience reaction to Act 1 scene 1
      • Fear in Jacobean audience
      • Believed witches were agents of Satan

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