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Why did Shakespeare use witchcraft?

By combining the presence of witches with similar themes in the world of Macbeth, Shakespeare used witchcraft to signal to his audience that Scotland was in a vulnerable and unsettled state.

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Likewise, people ask, why did Shakespeare use witches in Macbeth?

Shakespeare wrote Macbeth at a time when interest in witchcraft bordered on hysteria. Witches were blamed for causing illness, death and disaster, and were thought to punish their enemies by giving them nightmares, making their crops fail and their animals sicken.

Also, how did witchcraft influence Shakespeare? In Macbeth he used characters such as the witches to bring dark magic and suspense. In Shakespeare's day those accused of witchcraft, or being a witch, were generally old, poor and single women, widows or 'wise women'. In 1542 Parliament passed the Witchcraft Act which defined witchcraft as a crime punishable by death.

In this regard, why did Shakespeare include witches?

In Shakespeare's time people believed in witches. They were people who had made a pact with the Devil in exchange for supernatural powers. If your cow was ill, it was easy to decide it had been cursed. If there was plague in your village, it was because of a witch.

Which Shakespeare play has witches?


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