ISSN: 1813-0410

Author : Baqir Twaij, Mohammed

Themes, Motives and Equivocation in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Mohammed Baqir Twaij

journal of kerbala university, 2017, Volume 13, Issue 0, Pages 18-49

Shakespeare’s Macbeth was “written in 1605-06 and was performed at Hampton Court in 1606 before James I of England and his brother-in-law, Christian [IV] of Denmark,”1 as Sylvan Barnet remarks. King Christian IV is the brother of Queen Anne, King James I’s wife, whose interest in drama had a great influence on her husband. It is no wonder that James I patronized Shakespeare’s theatrical company, which bore his title and was called King’s Men in 1603, the first year of his reign in England (1603-1625). He was Scottish by birth and was born in Edinburgh Castle in 1566. He was already King James VI of Scotland before he came to England as James I.