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What is the setting in Macbeth?

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samnassile | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 13, 2009 at 2:11 AM via web

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What is the setting in Macbeth?

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troutmiller | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted May 13, 2009 at 3:12 AM (Answer #1)

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Macbeth takes place in Scotland mostly.  In the first act, Scotland is fighting Norway in battle.  A majority of the play takes place in and around Macbeth's castle (at Inverness). The time period is considered "medieval" which according to Raphael Holinshed's Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland (1577) gave Shakespeare the historical ideas for his plays. That would date the time period as the middle of the 11th century.

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 13, 2009 at 3:17 AM (Answer #2)

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The setting in Macbeth is Scotland for the most part, the Middle Ages, 11th century.  Some of the action takes place in England, when Malcolm goes there in fear of his life and later when Macduff goes to see him and they seek help from the English King in raising an army to invade Scotland and take Macbeth off the throne.  

"Also known as "The Scottish play", Shakespeare's dark, grim tragedy begins with Three Witches in Scotland deciding to meet again after a battle being fought nearby." 

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