AuthorKetterling, Camerin Alexa
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AbstractKing James I of England and VI of Scotland influenced the writing of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The king was an open homosexual who disliked women. Similar to many men of his time, James distrusted women’s power and sexuality and he argued for the reality of witches. In Macbeth, men must separate themselves from women in order to be successful and they must use violence to prove their masculinity. References to Christianity, the devil, and Lilith underlie the belief that women will cause men to sin and consequently suffer for doing so. Although Shakespeare condemns women and witches in Macbeth, he is much more sympathetic to women in some of his other plays. Thus, Shakespeare’s actual views on women remain unclear.
Degree ProgramHonors College