Shakespeare and Macbeth

An introduction to Shakespeare's work and Macbeth

The Life and Times of Shakespeare

Shakespeare was born into a poor family of many children. Although he was born into a poor family, he was able to make something of his life by making a name for himself. The fist step in his career was to finish school and then from there, marriage. He married Anne Hathaway in 1582, and had twins. Due to the plague and the theaters shutting down, Shakespeare turned his focus towards poetry. Shakespeare produced many poems, plays, and sonnets in the late 1500s. Shakespeare was able to make a fair amount of money by producing these plays and was able to buy a house and land. When Shakespeare died, he died a wealthy man

King James

James 1 was a wealthy king in Europe who was initially greeted by the people. However, when James ruled, he used irrational and extreme methods. For example when one of his children was born weak, he put his child in metal boots. This must have been to strengthen his legs but it is extreme none the less. King James also lived a rich life. As a king he had a lot of money and spent it on surrounding himself with poets and courtiers. A group which he accumulated to his court was Shakespeare and his company. In Shakespeare's play Macbeth, Shakespeare depicts a spectacle of violence and stories of traitors advised by witches and wizards. This echoes James' belief in a connection between treason and witchcraft.
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Curse or Coincidence?

The Curse of 27, The Madden Curse, and The Curse of Macbeth

1. The Curse of 27 is a group of artists who died at the age of 27. All of their deaths were self induced, most of them being drug or alcohol abuse, but one or them being a suicide. It is mysterious why these young talents all died at the young age of 27.

2. The Madden curse is a curse where whoever is on the front of Madden, the next season they have will not be successful. From the evidence shown in the website, it is proven that this is the case. From the year 2000 through 2011, all of the players who have been on Madden have not had a successful following season. The next season that the player plays usually results in a fallout with the team, an injury, or retirement. This may be a superstition but from the evidence from 2000 through 2011, this superstition is fact.

3. The Curse of Macbeth is a curse where whoever is producing the play, something terrible will happen. There are numerous accounts of the production of Macbeth failing or having something go wrong. Many of the time, the accidents that happen in the productions prove to be fatal. There are accounts of actors stabbing actor and illness. These problems either kill or cripple the actors while attempting to perform Macbeth.

Can curses exist?

I think that a curse can exist, however it depends on your definition of a curse. My definition of a curse is something that is believed in, in which accounts and examples of it can be recorded. After reading about the three curses, I definitely believe in them. There is just too much evidence proving that these curses exist. In the example of the Madden curse, the proof is there that every year the player has a bad following season. Every year for the past eleven years. This is more than enough evidence that this curse does exist.

The Truth in Fiction

King Duncan, King Macbeth, and Witches

King Duncan- Duncan became King of Scotland after the death of Malcolm in 1034. Duncan was a terrible leader and led a disastrous campaign into Northumbria and was forced to retreat back to Scotland.

King Macbeth- MacBeth, like Duncan, also had a claim to the throne of Scotland. MacBeth formed an alliance with his cousin the Earl of Orkney, and defeated and killed Duncan in 1040. Macbeth was respected for his strong leadership qualities, and ruled successfully for 17 years. In 1054, Duncan's son, Malcolm, with the support of Earl Siward, led an army against MacBeth and defeated him at the battle of Dunsinnan. MacBeth remained king, restoring Malcolm's lands to him. In 1057 MacBeth was defeated and killed. Malcolm then became King.

Witches- There are three witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth. Witches in the time when Shakespeare wrote the play were considered to do numerous things. Witches could see into the future; that they could create storms, hail, thunder and lightning; that they were able to sink ships; dry up springs; stop the sun and change night into day and day into night. They could also cause the death of their enemies, make themselves invisible, and call up the dead. A peculiar fact about witches were that they never told a lie. The witches in Macbeth allow Macbeth to deceive himself.

Who is he?

About Macbeth

A. One of the main reasons why Macbeth is still popular with modern audiences is the fact that it brings up such different opinions. The fact that it presents so many different views is fascinating in the way that people's view on the play may be totally different. It is this abrupt contrast in one play that keeps it popular to modern audiences.

B. Scary supernatural horror thrilling, core human issues, ambition, love, desire, war, sex, violence, witches, magic, characters are going through the largest experiences of their lives, climatic moments in characters lives, seduced by power, happy then sad, being betrayed, killing, becoming king, living rich life,

C. "Fair is foul and foul is fair" means that what is seen may not actually be what it is. Although an object, scenario, person, may seem someway, they may actually be something else. It means that when presented with a scenario, take a step back, and analyze it, then figure out what it's hidden meaning is.

D. The relationship between Mr. and Mrs. Macbeth is a combination between a murder team and ambition. Her greatest threat to him is that she is his biggest fan in the sense that she believes in you that much that you can be anything. This can sometimes be really hard to deal with, because you have to continually rise to the top and be the best.

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A Trip to Scotland

3 not to be missed destinations in Scotland

1. Arthur's Seat- Arthur's Seat is a big hill in Edinburgh. It was formed by volcanic activity. Later, Arthur's Seat was scythed by a glacier moving west to east. By legend its name comes from King Arthur. There was a hill fort built upon it, and it also includes the mysterious burials of 17 miniature wooden figures.

2. Necropolis- The Necropolis is located behind the Cathedral. Some of the monuments there are incredibly impressive and the place is huge. Visitors can get a good glimpse of the city from the top of this big hill on which the Necropolis is located.

3. Castle Urquhart- This castle is both a local and a national icon. Castle Urquhart is one of the most photographed buildings in Scotland. It is located on the west shore of Loch Ness.