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William Shakespeare wrote Macbeth or The Scottis Play in 1606 and the play was actually based on an area of Scottish History There was a Scottish King Duncan who ruled an area called Cumbria in 1018 and did so until 1034 when Macbeth and combined forces killed him over the claim to rightful kingship because of his mother who was a daughter of king Malcom II though Macbeth was Duncans first cousin Duncan just killed alot of people after Maclom II died so he could get where he was The play was based on those facts in ways but written for the present king who fancied witchcraft and things of that kind Some should wonder what the play had have been like if the witches werent included Would Shakespeare have even bothered putting his name on the play Due to the Kings fascination of the topic of witchcraft this play was basically made for him If the witches hadnt been created Macbeth would have only stayed thane of Glamis and Cawdor with much surprise not by the witches ill will but by Duncans word It may have been just coincidence that it all fitted together Basically opposed to the original happenings the 3 Witches fueled the plot The three witches open the play but until Act 1 Scene 3 is where one would really be grabbed by the witches intentions abilitys and personalities One witch comments on how she will cast a spell on the captain of a ship and make his nights sleepless and his ship lost on a storm though she cannot sink it because his wife wouldnt give her chestnutsBut in a sieve Ill thither sail And like a rat without a tail Ill do Ill do and Ill do SECOND WITCH Ill give thee a wind FIRST WITCH Thourt kind THIRD WITCH And I another FIRST WITCH I myself have all the other
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