All about Shakespeare & Macbeth!
The basics on navigating one of "Will's" most famous plays.
Getting to know the author
-At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway with whom he had two children
-He started writing sonnets, poems, and plays around 1594
-His plays were not published or sold until after his death in 1616
-Very little is known about Shakespeare's life, though what we do know comes from several wills and records
Understanding Shakespeare's Language
Some important literary elements to consider
Foreshadowing- A hint at what is to appear eventually in the story
Paradox- A self-contradictory statement
Dramatic Irony- Irony in which the audience knows something that the characters do not
Fiction or Non-Fiction: The Truth about Macbeth's Characters
Macbeth claimed himself to the throne in 1040 after defeating his cousin. He was successful for the 17 years that he ruled.
In contrast to his cousin Macbeth, King Duncan was a terrible leader. He ruled Scotland from 1034-1040.
Infamous for being a fan of theatre and being an avid believer in witchcraft, King James was an influence in Shakespeare's development of Macbeth.
Coming straight from Macbeth itself, this quote justifies that not everything is what it seems to be. This thematic element, along with other elements such as horror, portraying love and ambition, and conveying climactic moments in life, are the foundation of Macbeth. Even to this day, Macbeth continues to resonate with audiences.