Backgrounds of Shakespeare's Macbeth


Group 1: Shakespeare's Sources

Tell Macbeth's story as Shakespeare found it in Holinshed's Chronicles:

Group 2: James I and Absolutism

How did James I try to reassert the power of the throne over Parliament?

Group 3: Witchcraft Beliefs

Describe the early 16th century's understanding of witchcraft and James I's particular fascination with this topic.

Group 4: The Gunpowder Plot

Give the class a brief overview of the events which lead to the attempted coup known to the English as The Gunpowder Plot.

Group 5: Tragedy

Review for the class the Ancient Greek understanding of tragedy: