LF: I will research the context of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
I MUST be able to explain the context (background) to Macbeth.
I SHOULD be able to give a detailed account about the attitude toward witches at the time.
I COULD refer to specific historical events that might have meant the play had a more powerful effect on audiences at the time.
1) Find a picture of King James 1.
2) What was the attitude towards witches at the time Shakespeare was writing?
3) How did King James 1 feel about witches? Give one interesting fact about King James and witches.
4) Where is Macbeth set?
5) Why do you think Shakespeare would have written this play?
Extension: a) What is the ‘diving right of Kings’? b) What is a ‘Shakespearean Tragedy’?
Key Words: Shakespeare; witches (not ‘whiches’ or ‘wichs’); superstition.