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How is Macbeth, set in Scotland, linked to the Gunpowder Plot?      

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Some scholars detect direct references to the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 in the text of the play itself, which is believed to have been completed the year after Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up Parliament. For example, one observer has pointed to Lady Macbeth's line that her husband should look like the "innocent flower,but be the serpent under it." This, some have argued, is an allusion to a medal that James I had struck to commemorate the plot after the execution of the conspirators.  The Guy Fawkes...

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