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Ally Gorgone & Matt Johnson. Who is the REAL Macbeth?. The Holinshed’s Chronicles. Also known as “Holinshed’s Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland” Shakespeare used this as his guidelines to write Macbeth Used it for many other Shakespeare plays too

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Ally gorgone matt johnson

Ally Gorgone & Matt Johnson

Who is the REAL Macbeth?


The holinshed s chronicles
The Holinshed’s Chronicles

  • Also known as “Holinshed’s Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland”

  • Shakespeare used this as his guidelines to write Macbeth

    • Used it for many other Shakespeare plays too

  • Shakespeare was very over dramatic in using them

  • For example:

    • When explaining the witches, Holinshed explains them as “creatures of the elder wood” and “nymphs” or “fairies”

      • meaning youthful and beautiful

    • Shakespeare describes the witches as old, ugly, and dark


The real macbeth
The real macBETH

  • Born 1005

  • Described as “tall, fair haired and handsome with a ruddy complexion”

  • Considered to be one of the last Gaelic Kings

  • King of Scots (11th century)

    • 1040: Came to rule by killing his cousin, Duncan I

  • 14 years he ruled equably

    • Imposed law, order, and enforced Christianity


Shakespeare macbeth
Shakespeare Macbeth

  • Scottish General

  • Brave, powerful, tyrant but not virtuous

  • Came across three witches

    • Lead him to have “wicked” thoughts

  • Commits his first “murderous” crime and becomes King of Scotland

  • Once he was crowned King, it was easier for him to embark on his further crimes

  • Was more comfortable on battlefield than in politics

  • Solved problems with either violence or murder


Similarities
Similarities

  • King of Scotland

  • Became King by killing someone

  • Still fought in battle even though they were King

    • Both better on the battlefield than in politics

  • Powerful

  • Both truly wanted the throne


  • Differences
    Differences

    Real Macbeth

    Shakespeare Macbeth

    • Not murderous

    • Peaceful and prosperous King for 17 years

    • Encouraged spread of Christianity

    • Enacted several good laws

      • Enforced Celtic tradition

      • Defend orphans and women

      • Allowed daughter same inheritance right as sons

    • Gave alms to the poor and donated to the Church

    • Obsessed with murder

    • Became King so he could more easily commit his crimes

    • Encountered three witches

      • Caused him to have “wicked thoughts”

  • Used violence to solve problems

  • Made out to be a very distraught, violent, and murderous character


  • Deaths
    Deaths

    Real Macbeth

    Shakespeare Macbeth

    Wasn’t a glorifying death

    Killed by Malcolm MacDuncan in the Battle of Lumphanan

    • Glorified his death

    • Story began with his victory in battle and ended with his demise in battle

    • Goes down with a fight before his death

    • Never contemplated suicide

      • Many of Shakespeare's tragic heroes did


    Shakespeare s duncan
    Shakespeare’s Duncan

    • King of Scotland

    • Had two sons, Malcolm and Donald

    • Murdered by Macbeth alone in Duncan’s room

    • Insightful

    • Generous but firm

    • Good king

    • Naïve

    • His murder creates turmoil throughout Scotland


    The real duncan
    The Real Duncan

    • King of Scotland

    • Had two sons, Malcolm and Donald

    • Was only in power from 1034 to 1040 when he was killed

    • Killed in a Civil War, the war the Macbeth succeeds

      • People do not know if he was killed by Macbeth in battle, “friendly fire”, but it is more likely he was wounded in battle

    • Both Malcolm and Donald’s right to the thrown after Duncan’s death was threatened by Macbeth

    • Duncan’s sons escaped and both would later become Kings


    Shakespeare s banquo

    Son of Banquo

    From Fleance and long line of Kings will come

    An ally and loyal subject to Macbeth in the beginning of the play

    Witches tell him that he will not be King but his sons will be Kings

    Macbeth has Banquo killed and attempts to have his son Fleance killed

    Shakespeare’s Banquo

    Shakespeare’s Fleanace


    The real banquo

    Banquo is an accomplice to Macbeth in the murder of Duncan in the Chronicles

    Banquo would resist the evil temptations as Macbeth would embrace it

    He does not attempt to accuse Macbeth of the murder of Duncan

    Not a real historical figurein the chronicles, he escapes from Macbeth and goes to Wales to raise a son

    Becomes steward to the King of Scotland

    Line of family later becomes Kings

    Rumor was that James I had this line of family decent

    The Real Banquo

    The Real

    Fleanace


    References
    References in the Chronicles

    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fleance

    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banquo

    • http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/macbeth.shtml

    • http://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Banquo.html

    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holinshed's_Chronicles


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