Macbeth Contribution To Macbeth

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What contribution is made to “Macbeth” by the use of imagery and symbolism? You must consider language, form and structure, and refer to the context of the play.
“Macbeth” is a play written by Shakespeare in 1606, under the rule of James I, three years after Elizabeth I died without an heir. James I was an unpopular monarch, not supporting Catholics, and not a direct descendant of Elizabeth I. In 1605, there was an assassination attempt on the king, better known as the “Gunpowder Plot”. In the play, Macbeth removes the king from his throne and takes over Scotland, and consequently sending Scotland into anarchy. This story is believed to be propaganda to show the effects if James I was removed from the throne, in attempt to neutralise his unpopularity. The fact that the play was set in Scotland also panders to James I as he was James VI of Scotland first.
Witches are used in the first scene of “Macbeth” in order to contribute to the play: “When shall we three meet again? / In thunder, lightning, or in rain?” Having witches be the first characters the audience see help to set the stage for the play as they symbolise the evil and supernatural elements within the play, especially since during the 17th century when most people believed in the existence of witches and feared them greatly. Since Shakespeare wrote this under the rule of the recently crowned James I, the decision to make witches the first image may have been a way to pander to him, as James was a very firm believer
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