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Rebekah Owens

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325130

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325130.001.0001

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Shakespeare’s Macbeth – ‘This most bloody piece of work’

Shakespeare’s Macbeth – ‘This most bloody piece of work’

(p.7) Shakespeare’s Macbeth – ‘This most bloody piece of work’

Rebekah Owens

Liverpool University Press

This chapter talks about William Shakespeare, who wrote Macbeth when he was already a successful playwright and was working at the Globe in London. It mentions the work ethic of the Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre, such as the collaboration and co-operative of fellow playwrights who wrote for the stage. It also discusses the features of plays of the theatre group writers that would be recognise today as 'horror'. The chapter discloses John Webster as one of Shakespeare's colleagues who developed a reputation as an author of horror that has since been immortalised in popular culture, such as in the film Shakespeare In Love. It recounts One of Shakespeare's first works called Titus Andronicus, which has a description of human sacrifice at the beginning.

Keywords:   William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Globe Theatre, playwright, horror, John Webster, Jacobean theatre, Elizabethan theatre

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