scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 11,279
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE THE AUTHOR AND HIS TIMES Macbeth was first performed in 1606 three years after James I succeeded Elizabeth I on the English throne By that time William Shakespeare was the most popular playwright in England and his company which had been called the Chamberlains Men under Queen Elizabeth was renamed the Kings Men You can see from the subject and content of Macbeth that Shakespeare was writing to please the new king At the time James became James I of England he was already James VI of Scotland so a play like Macbeth about Scottish history was a tribute to him This play was especially flattering because James was of the Stuart line of kings and supposedly the Stuarts were descended from Banquo who appears in the play as a brave noble honest man Also James wrote a book called Demonology and he would have been very interested in the scenes with the witches It is not unusual that Shakespeare would have written Macbeth with an eye toward gratifying his patron Shakespeare was a commercial playwright--he wrote and produced plays to sell tickets and make money One of his early plays--Titus Andronicus--was popular for the same reason certain movies sell a lot of tickets today it is full of blood and gore The witches and the battles of Macbeth too may have been there in part to appeal to the audience It was Shakespeares financial success as a playwright that restored his familys sagging fortunes John Shakespeare Williams father was the son of a farmer He opened a shop in Stratford-upon-Avon and eventually become one of the towns leading citizens John married Mary Arden the daughter of his fathers landlord Mary was a gentle cultivated woman and their marriage helped John socially in Stratford William their first son was born in 1564 It seems that by the time he was twenty his father was deeply in
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA