Macbeth

Why is Macbeth takes place in Scotland?

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I suppose Scotland is as good a place as any. All of Shakespeare’s tragedies take place away from England. The farther away from God’s chosen country, the more chaotic things get. Shakespeare certainly didn’t want to piss off Queen Elizabeth by implying that the English court was anything less than perfect. So, just as there is a meltdown in Hamlet’s Denmark and Othello’s Greece, Macbeth’s Scotland is no different.

Macbeth was an actual King of Scotland from 1040 to 1057. He was initially the king of Moray, and later became king of the Scots when Duncan was killed in 1040. Shakepeare's depiction of Macbeth is wonderful, but it is also grossly inaccurate.He was king of Moray and became king of the Scots when Duncan was killed in 1040. His right to the throne was unquestionable, and he went on to rule for 17 years.

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