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How Does Shakespeare Present Human Flaws in Macbeth and Othello Essay

  • Submitted by: lilou1
  • on April 15, 2015
  • Category: English
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Following Queen Elizabeth’s death, with no heirs, King James I succeeded the last Tudor monarch in 1603- being the closest blood relative. At the time he was King of Scotland, which meant the two countries were joined without any discussions. In Scotland, James never had full control of the country and because of this Scotland was seen as ungovernable – governed by clans. After being proclaimed King at a very young age (aged 1) and a harsh, Puritan education, becoming fluent in both French, Latin and Italian, he developed a great desire for knowledge which over inflated his own worth as an academic. His belief that he could out-argue almost anyone became a character defect that was to bring him great conflict with the English Parliament. A writer himself, he openly displayed his great love for learning and particularly theatre. Alas the King placed himself in the hands of untrustworthy advisors, and his extravagant lifestyle put strain on the Royal finances and the Puritan-controlled Parliament’s patience. As a consequence taxes had to be raised and living expenses increased leading to a public outburst of anger which translated into a united hatred for the King. In response to this the unpopular King invited the most popular man in the country, William Shakespeare, and his theatre company to be titled The King’s Men, under which they produced new works under his patronage; Macbeth and Othello being two very important examples.
When Shakespeare wrote Macbeth, he must have had James’ views in mind as some parts of the play were designed to be complimentary to him.   Firstly Banquo (not Macduff) was a non-historical figure that James’ family considered being an ancestor of theirs, therefore Banquo is treated as a saint in the play. Secondly James had a great interest in witches and witchcraft- he published a book on the topic- so when Shakespeare wrote the play the idea of the three witches was to interest him. When the witches tell Macbeth their prophecy, he is...

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