How does Shakespeare's use of the supernatural help create suspense in Macbeth?
A. By solving the main conflict
B. By offering comedic relief
C. By playing on audiences' fears
D. By tying up any loose ends
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Macbeth was written by an English playwrite to curry favour with the new Scottish king of the newly formed United Kingdom. As the king was interested in the paranormal, the whole play was written as a sop to this and his Scottish origins.
How were stories with supernatural elements viewed differently in Shakespeare's time versus how they are viewed today?
A. Audiences during Shakespeare's time only believed in things that could be explained rationally, unlike audiences today, who believe in the supernatural.
B. Audiences during Shakespeare's time considered witches and curses to be real and therefore much scarier than today's audiences would.
C. Audiences during Shakespeare's time were used to witches in their neighborhoods, so they didn't find them as scary as we do today.
D. Audiences during Shakespeare's time saw supernatural elements in a much more humorous light than today's audiences do.
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FIRST WITCH. When shall we three meet again
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?
SECOND WITCH. When the hurlyburly's done,
When the battle's lost and won.
THIRD WITCH. That will be ere the set of sun.
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ALL. Fair is foul, and foul is fair:
Hover through the fog and filthy air.
William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act I, scene i
How does Shakespeare introduce the idea of opposites being the same?
A. The witches say the battle is both over and yet just beginning.
B. The witches say the weather is both bad and good.
C. The witches say that Macbeth will turn out to be both enemy and friend.
D. The witches say that they are both happy and sad at the turn of events.
Whom would Shakespeare's audiences have held responsible for all the strange happenings in Macbeth?
A. The witches
B. Lady Macbeth
C. King Duncan