Flashcards in Macbeth Context Deck (10):
-King James believed in witches and wrote a book called 'Daemonologie'
-The book was about certain powers that witches had
-This caused many people to believe the same as James
-Some of Shakespeare's audience made predictions about their lives based on the weather
-E.g. thunder meant imminent death and an easterly wind represented evil
-Protestantism was the only legal religion in Jacobean and Elizabethan England
-Jesuit priests developed the doctrine of equivocation: they could say one thing but mean another, meaning they could lie even under oath.
-Women were considered subordinate to men during Jacobean and Elizabethan society
-Women took status from men in society, and Lady Macbeth's role as a nobleman's wife was to manage the household and entertain
-It could be said that Shakespeare used Macbeth to subvert the traditional gender roles
The idea in Scotland that men were seen as tyrants and bloodthirsty
People believed in this during Shakespeare's time. This could be because Queen Elizabeth and King James frequently used astrologers to predict their futures
The devil's prophecies
Many Christians believed that the devil could use false or misleading prophecies to tempt in evil.
-The action of killing a king
-Many people thought differently about this after the reformation in the 16th century
-Many assassinations were attempted on monarchs (most famously, the 1605 Gunpowder Plot) because the monarchs decided the country's religion
Divine Right of Kings
-Theory established in James' reign
-Justified the king's absolute authority in both political and spiritual matters.