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Macbeth is the unlucky play of the theatre and has for four hundred years carried in its wake a truly terrifying trail of disaster and bad luck Huggett p153 Macbeth is one of the gloomiest and most despairing of any tragedy ever written The play is so preoccupied with witchcraft and generates such a powerful atmosphere of evil and sickening dread that even reading it could make anyone tremble with fear Murder betrayal mysterious accidents witchcraft sabotage assassinations superstition and folklore all take center stage in what is considered one of Shakespeares most magnificent popular cursed and unlucky plays Macbeth Macbeth is seldom called by its true name it is often referred to as The Scottish Play The Unmentionable or simply That Play by actors and civilians alikeHuggett p154 Anyone whether they are superstitious or simply value their surroundings should take caution in using doing or saying anything that has to do with one of the most well known plays of all time Macbeth The first factor having said to have a great effect on the play is that the play is loosely based on facts from Scottish history and the death of King Duncan at the hands of his kinsmen MacbethLegends p1 The next reason having to do with the intense fear that this play brings upon its audience and those acting out the play is its long line of mysterious accidents evil occurrences ending of careers and even deaths that the curse upon this play has brought to everyone involved with either its production or performance The last reason why this curse is said to have overtaken this particular play results from an attempt to please King James I who was highly obsessed with witchcraft In order to do this Shakespeare put real witch incantations into the play and it is said that this angered many witches causing them to place a curse upon the play so that bad luck would come
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