Letter to Shakespeare About the Success of His Play Macbeth
Dear William Shakespeare,
I am writing to you from the 21st century as we have developed a new
way which allows us to write letters to people in the past. I am very
glad to tell you that your play, “Macbeth”, has become very
successful. People admire what you have done in Macbeth. Macbeth is
very relevant today for example we have women like Lady Macbeth, as
well as men plotting evil crimes. Macbeth has something we call
timeless themes, timeless themes are things that are written about in
the past but still occur in every day life and are relevant to people
The people of the 21st century are very fond of the characters you put
into Macbeth. They like how Macbeth changed from a noble character to
an evil villain. The thoughts that go through his mind interest them a
lot. The way Macbeth’s conscience takes a hold of him and grows to be
a hurdle as he progresses through the play.
The social and cultural attitudes of people of my time have changed
vastly. People in the Elizabethan time respected and feared the
monarchy for example in act 5; scene 7, Macbeth’s soldiers were
fighting not because they loved him but because they were afraid that
he might kill them. The monarchy also had all the power. I am not
saying that everyone does not respect the monarchy but the majority of
people do not. The people of our time are not scared of the monarchy
now either as the people have realised that the parliament have the
most power now. The monarchy is more of an iconic figure that shows
the heritage of Britain and has a less important role in the running
of the country.
Macbeth emphasised witchcraft in numerous ways but the thrill for
witchcraft has died down in our time. Witchcraft was very popular in
your time. Witches were seen as evil creatures e.g. Banquo says “The
earth hath bubbles, as the water has, and these are of them…” This
shows that Banquo does not trust the witches and as the general public
would think in your time Banquo classes the witches as rare and evil.
Most people now do not believe in witchcraft but are still intrested
when they read about it in your play. I was intrigued by the witches
in the first scene when they started chanting because it grabbed my
attention and got the play to a great start.
People are now going to the cinema more than they go to the theatre as
the theatre is seen as old fashioned now. However you will be pleased
to know that you movie is being broadcasted on TV and cinema too.
As I said before, your play uses something we call timeless themes.
People of our time still enjoy reading all your plays. They love the
humour of Midsummer Night’s Dream and cannot get enough of the romance
of Romeo and Juliet. They enjoy these plays as they have incidents