Macbeth - Context

Context of Shaespeare's 'Macbeth', covering the historical influences as well as his possible motiive's for writing the play.

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Context of Macbeth
During the reign of Queen Elizabeth, Shakespeare's acting company was
called the 'Chamberlain's Men', but after the accession of James they
changed their name to the 'King's Men'.
The patronage of the King and court was very valuable to Shakespeare
Macbeth was most likely written in 1606, early in the reign of James I,
who had been James VI of Scotland before he succeeded to the English
throne in 1603.
The witches' prophecy that Banquo will found a line of kings is a clear
success to James's family's claim to have descended from the historical
The supernatural/witches were drowned and burned
The gun powder plot - Killing Duncan reflects Guy Fawkes trying to blow up the
house of lords against James I & II
The Gowrie conspiracy was an assassination attempt on James I
James was crowned as King of England - English people were wary of a
Scottish King coming into England.
The horror of the play reflects the Jacobean era
`Divine right of kings' ­ appointed by God and it was the greatest of all sins to
try conspire against a King


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