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Module 1: Introduction to Macbeth by Shakespeare

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English - Introduction

Introduction

INTRODUCTION

When analysing Macbeth and other texts, it is important for you to make
your own summaries of the text. Although it may seem tedious at the time,
making your own summaries will ensure you have read the text closely and
will help you to remember the plot and significant events more clearly. It
is recommended that you take an A4 page and rule it up into columns, each
column becoming a scene in that Act. Make your summaries down the page and
do the same thing for each Act. You should then have the whole play
summarised in five easy to read pages. This will help you immensely when
revising for the exams. What follows here is not a summary of each Act or
scene, but rather a discussion of some of the significant scenes in the
play.

BACKGROUND

William Shakespeare wrote Macbeth in 1606. It is strongly thought that
Macbeth was written for Shakespeare's new patron, James I (James VI of
Scotland), following the death of Queen Elizabeth. The themes in the play
can be linked closely to James I, for instance he was interested in
witchcraft and had written a book on the subject entitled Demonology, he
was Scottish and Banquo and Fleance were also James's ancestors.

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