Facts About William Shakespeare’s Tragedy Play “Macbeth” or “Htebcam” 1.
Called “The Scottish Play” because it is doomed to say Macbeth in the theatre 2.
Some say the curse it tied to the witches that appear in the play, or that is goes back to the first play where they used real swords resulting in a bloody mess 3.
Is William’s last tragedy and possible his darkest
Was first published in the First Folio in 1623
First performance was between 1603-1605
We know not when the first performance actually was, but that it was performed on April 20, 1611 (1-6 from http://msnoel.com/Macbeth/Macbeth.htm)
Was written for James I after the death of Queen Elizabeth (7 from http://library.thinkquest.org/2888/)
Believed to be first printed in 1623
Most important characters are Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, and the three witches 10.
There was a real Macbeth who had the throne of Scotland in 1040 after killing his cousin Duncan in battle 11.
Duncan’s oldest son, Malcolm III ended Macbeth’s reign in 1057 (8-11 form http://www.william-shakespeare.info/shakespeare-play-macbeth.htm) 12.
The tone is dark, ominous, suggested of a world turned upside down by foul and unnatural crimes 13.
Motifs used are the supernatural, hallucinations, violence, and prophecy 14.
Symbols are blood, the dagger Macbeth sees before killing Duncan, and the weather (12-14 from http://macbeth050.tripod.com/id9.html)
The bloody battle in act 1 foreshadows the bloody deaths later on 16.
When Macbeth “hears” a voice when killing Duncan, it foreshadows the insomnia that plagues Lady Macbeth and Macbeth 17.
All witch prophecies foreshadow later events
(15-17 from http:// http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/macbeth/) 18.
Based Macbeth on real events in Scottish history
Macbeth is Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy
Macbeth has inspired movies, operas, and numerous parodies 21.
All female parts were played by boys-first person to play Lady Macbeth was probably played by a teenage...
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