Do the ingredients in the witches cauldron reflect beliefs in Elizb. Eng. and why might the recipe be appropriate to the state of Macbeth's kingdom?How is the state if the kingdom under MacBeth's...

Do the ingredients in the witches cauldron reflect beliefs in Elizb. Eng. and why might the recipe be appropriate to the state of Macbeth's kingdom?

How is the state if the kingdom under MacBeth's rule reflected in the images of dismemberment?

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In the past, there has been speculation about the significance of the ingredients in the cauldron of the witches of Macbeth. This is still a highly contoversial area and one over which there is still much lively debate.

One theory is that the images of dismemberment could represent relics. In Richard Wilson's book Macbeth, he examines a very interesting theory - that of recusancy. This was where Catholic accoutrements (prayers, rosaries and sacred saints bones and vestments or relics) went underground to escape persecution and became absorbed into a sort of secret slang or rite.

Relics could be seen as representing the way in which the kingdom became broken up along lines of faith, dissecting society and families. Under Macbeth disorder, chaos and disagreement could reign.This is just one fascinating interpretation among the many debates that still rage about Macbeth.

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