|attitudes in the Renaissance. How do they compare? What are the dangers or limitations of relying on stereotypes?|
|2.||Write your own dialogue, using King James's treatise as a guideline, to debate or discuss the influence of the witches in Macbeth. How much power do they have? How evil or harmful are they?|
|3.||Imagine yourself as a spectator at the North Berwick trial and write a response to it. Are the testimonies convincing? Do you believe the witnesses or question their credibility?|
|4.||Newspapers and magazines are today's equivalent of pamphlets like News from Scotland. Provide your own newspaper coverage of the North Berwick trial, including several of the following: a report of the events, an editorial providing a commentary, a letter to the editor expressing public opinion (or two letters offering opposing opinions), a press release from the king, and an editorial cartoon depicting some aspect of the case.|
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Miller Arthur. The Crucible. 1954. A modern play dramatizing the Salem witch hunts of 1692 and suggesting their relationship to political hysteria in the United States in the 1950s.
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Publication information: Book title: Understanding Macbeth:A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents.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: 114.
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