Audience Response to Macbeth

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The human condition has been explored throughout time and its study has primarily allowed us to learn from our past and develop as people. The Elizabethan era is very different from the world today as our values and beliefs have changed to suit our level of knowledge and intelligence. These differences become clear when exploring an audience 's response to William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, from the Elizabethan era and today. The text was written in 1606 and was set in Scotland. The tragedy construes what egotistical ambition can do to the mind. Key themes of loyalty and betrayal, the increase in intelligence of humans, the way laws govern society and the balance in power between genders affect an audience 's response to Macbeth. Specifically …show more content…
And most of us can understand why magic and witchcraft is a myth due to education and science that can explain things like bad weather through Earth rotation, pressure, temperature, etcetera. So responses from today 's era towards the witches would be that of amusement through the language used, "Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog..." As time passes, humans evolve which allows a difference to appear from responses to the witches from the 16th century and now.

Lady Macbeth 's role of manipulating Macbeth and encouraging him to kill Duncan invites the audience to make an assessment on her character as to whether they should feel empathy or outcast her as a psychotic, control freak. Elizabethan people lacked understanding of the meaning of murder and couldn 't comprehend that those guilty were not always the one who committed the crime. An audience from today can generally accept that even though Macbeth killed Duncan and the guards, Lady Macbeth is guilty too because she was an accessory. Elizabethan audience would not be able to deduce this meaning their reaction wouldn 't be as extreme. However, many Elizabethan men responded slightly disgusted and shocked because of the way Lady Macbeth dominated her husband. The text would draw this type of a reaction because it was considered a part of culture, that women were considered a lesser
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