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At the time Shakespeare wrote Macbeth people were interested in the idea of the supernatural and the unknown It would have been a hot conversational topic of the day in the late 16th century with most folks being very suspicious of things of this nature This seems to be one of the reasons why Shakespeare chose to write a play about this particular theme Another reason would be that the playwright knew his work would be performed in front of King James the King was of Scottish heritage and it would be pleasing to him to recognise actual place names used in the play Scotland as a country is complimented throughout the play This castle hath a pleasant seat The air nimbly and sweetly recommends itself unto our gentle senses A 1 S 6 Also the King had just narrowly escaped death from the Gunpowder Plot headed by Catholic Guy Fawkes and as King James was a firm believer in the Divine Right Of Kings and The Great Chain of Being where the King was supposedly directly below God Himself it seems Shakespeare wanted to flatter the King by reinforcing these themes even though it would obviously have been a very sensitive issue of the time the Plot not having been foiled one year ago before Shakespeare wrote the play In addition to this the King as well as his subjects was firmly interested in the supernatural himself even writing a book titled Daemonologie on it Shakespeare seems to have gone to great lengths in the play to impress the King through all these devices It seems to have worked too rumour has it that the King liked the play so much after it was performed that he even went to the trouble of sending a thank you letter to Shakespeare for writing such a good play The main themes in Macbeth all link up to what affect the Witches and the supernatural have on
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