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: