In Shakespeare’s lifetime he wrote many plays. Many of them were critically acclaimed
and others cast aside. The crowd always wanted to be more thoroughly entertained and
Shakespeare always tried to keep up with the people’s needs. In 1605, Shakespeare was being
hounded for another work of genius. Hamlet and King Lear had just been completed and the
people begged for more. He knew not of what to write and like many playwrights, he did
research. He found two stories from Hollinshed’s Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland.
Shakespeare had already taken ideas from Hollinshed for his plays like Henry IV and Henry V.
William decided to combine the reign of Macbeth and the murder of King Duff by Donwald and
his wife, altering both to suit his needs. Macbeth is by far the shortest play that William
Shakespeare wrote. The main reason why this is so is not because Shakespeare did not have
much to say, but because King James was so impatient. Macbeth was written basically for the
king. In fact, the emphasis on witchery was because King James so heavily believed in sorcery.
Shakespeare worried very much about the evil powers insulting the king. After all was said and
done, Macbeth was another barrier to be broken in the great scheme of performances. It was an
instant success. King James and the court loved it along with England. No offenses were made
from Malcolm needing help from England. Shakespeare had feared that James would be
offended. From that moment on Macbeth would be known by all. Yet the people begged for
more and hoped Macbeth would be out done by another astounding play. Shakespeare wondered
how such a task could be accomplished. What was it about Macbeth that made it loved by
everyone? Shakespeare’s style has been analyzed by many and some still can not figure it out.
His poetry has influenced his plays immensely.
Apart from the fascinating characters of ...