|during the proceedings. Choose which traitor(s) you will try and decide how to present grounds for a guilty verdict.|
|2.||18. Imagine you are a foreign ambassador at the court of Scotland during the Macbeth crisis. Write a report on the political climate there and how your government might aid the country.|
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Perhaps the most difficult characters in Macbeth for modern audiences to understand are the witches. Although witchcraft is by no means entirely dead in our own culture, it does not have the prominence and widespread acceptance that it had in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Scotland and England. Ours is a society influenced more by science than superstition. Ever since the eighteenth-century revival of Shakespeare on stage, producers, directors, and actors have been troubled by the role of the witches. Some have been tempted simply to make a mockery of the witchcraft scenes, casting the three "Weird Sisters" as comic, laughable characters.
For Macbeth the witches are by no means harmless old hags intruding on his private thoughts, and for us to appreciate the magical, supernatural influence in the play, we must attempt to understand the attitudes of a Jacobean audience. Although witchcraft was not universally believed in Shakespeare's time, and occasional detractors spoke out against the fears and beliefs held by
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Publication information: Book title: Understanding Macbeth:A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents. Contributors: Faith Nostbakken - Author. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1997. Page number: 83.
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