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The Terrible Consequences Of Regicide In Macbeth By William Shakespeare

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“Shakespeare's play Macbeth is to some extent a cautionary tale, warning any other potential regicides (king-killers) of the awful fate that will inevitably overtake them”(BBC). This relates directly to the theme of the play, excessive ambition will have terrible consequences. Do not commit treason. King James inherited the throne after the passing of the beloved Queen Elizabeth I, who had no heir to the throne. He was a bumbling king. His greatness was nothing compared to the gracious ruler who preceded him. King James I had four obsessions, witch hunting, smoking, the divine rights of kings, and the King James Bible. Shakespeare knew that in order to make it as a writer, there was one ...view middle of the document...

The Gunpowder Plot in 1605 was a direct attempt on King James’ life that was foiled when Guy Fawkes, and his 36 barrels of gunpowder, were exposed. Through multiple assassination attempts it is easily presumable that King James was not favored by his people. He was a very controversial and unpopular king, especially for his eccentric interests and hobbies.
King James loved to study witchcraft, medical abnormities, smoking and many other strange interests, especially during the time period. King James I was a very intelligent man, but he was sensitive and took offense easily. James was very interested in mental and physical diseases during the early seventeenth century. His interests turned into an obsession when the term witches became popular. The persecution of witches started in Scotland, while James was ruler, in 1590. According to the Christian witch theory, if one witch was found there were bound to be more, for witches did not act alone. This was the start of the witch hunts. James’ curiosity in witchcraft increased after three hundred witches were accused of gathering to plan his murder, an act of treason, famous during the time period. He soon became so knowledgeable on the subject that he became a witchcraft expert. In 1597 James wrote the book Daemonologie. Shakespeare studied James’ book and incorporated many of its theories and beliefs into Macbeth. With this, “Shakespeare’s plays delighted James, for he loved literature and was starved for pleasure after the grim experience of ruling Scotland for many years”(Sime 292). James took Shakespeare’s company under his wing and renamed them, “...the King’s Men”(Sime 292). King James’ obsessive interests played major roles in Shakespeare’s creation of plays, especially Macbeth.
King James’ life loves, ancestry, and fears were the structure for Shakespeare’s play Macbeth. The more obvious references to King...

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