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Macbeth By William Shakespeare Tragedy Elizabethan Age 1 The Author and His Times William Shakespeare was born on April 23 1564 in Stratford England His father worked selling leather and grains and was a town official He was the third child out of eight children His mother Mary came from a family of prosperous farmers and landowners On November 28 1582 he married Anne Hathaway She was the daughter of a farmer near Stratford He had three children with her two of them being twins In the 1590s Shakespeare went to London and joined a touring theater company He worked as a lead actor of this company called The Lord Chamberlains Men By the late 1590s Shakespeare had established himself as a writer In 1599 he founded the Globe Theater with 6 other associates The new theater was an open playhouse in London Shakespeare and the other 6 called themselves The Kings Men starting 1603 with King James I permission Shakespeare was able to establish himself both as a playwright and a poet during this time Shakespeare died on April 23 1616 During Shakespeares time most people were very superstitious believing in witches ghosts and other supernatural beings This is reflected in much of the literature from that time and especially in Macbeth 2 Point of View Macbeth is written in the third person objective The characters do not speak directly to the audience but often give soliloquies Through the dialogues of the characters Shakespeares ideas of fate and free will can be seen Focus generally follows Macbeth and sometimes other characters that affect Macbeth The witches occasionally enter the play as a means of foreshadow 3 Form Structure and Plot Macbeth is organized into 5 acts Each act contains several scenes The play starts with a prologue scene given by the three witches who occasionally appear between major scenes to foreshadow or comment on events Shakespeare has some offstage
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