The Curse of Macbeth
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Toil and Trouble: The Curse of Macbeth

Called “The Scottish Play” by many, Shakespeare’s Macbeth is believed to be cursed. Ever since the play’s first performance, tradegedies in the form of onstage deaths and riots surrounding performances have only highetened the belief of the curse. The curse is claimed to be caused by not only performing the play, but also by speaking its title in a theater. It is widley believed that Shakespeare himself brought the curse to the play when he alledgedly decided to use real witches incantations in the script. The legend goes that Shakespeare wanted to use accurate incantations in order to please King James who had written a book called Daemonolgie in 1597. This book discussed witchcraft and warned against its use.

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Shakespeare and Witchcraft — World Mysteries Blog

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Throughout theatre history, a common theme that arises is the supernatural.  This includes everything from witches and wizards to magic and ghosts.  Many playes by William Shakespeare include such themes including Macbeth.  In the Elizabethan era that Shakespeare’s plays were written, witchcraft was feared and believed in by everyone.  If someone were accused as a witch, the would be avoided at all costs and in some cases killed.  The fear of the unknown was great and few knew how to cope with change.  Instead of learning how to understand and adapt to people who may not have appeared normal, they persecuted them even though they were most likely innocent.

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The Macbeth Riot (aka The Astor Place Riots) | Accidental Hedonist

The Macbeth Riot (aka The Astor Place Riots) | Accidental Hedonist | The Curse of Macbeth | Scoop.it

Among many of the riots that took place because of Macbeth was the Astor Place Riot, the most famous of them all. Initially, an argument was started between the two main actors and led to other problems, including feuds between the rich and lower class. Due to the obvious tension amongst the characters on stage, the audience began throwing food at them and one actor decided to not perform the next night. When he decided to eventually get back on stage, rioters formed outside the theater. The Seventh Regiment disobeyed orders and fired shots into the crowd, killing people on site.

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Mystery surrounds roots of the Macbeth curse

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The Curse of Macbeth continues to make an impact on people today. In 2010, the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota, began showing the play Macbeth. The death and superstition that Macbeth is known for scare the people who inhabit the town. A local expresses her fear of the curse, as she has participated in the play and believes fate shouldn’t be tempted. Even today, after years of Macbeth being shown, people still refuse to say “Macbeth” in a theater, due to its possible outcomes.

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The Macbeth Curse

This video highlights the witchcraft that is said to deal with the play MacBeth. The curse is a result of the playwrite ,William Shakespear. While writing the play legend says that he has angered a group of witches who, in result cursed every production of the play. Many different freak accidents have occured during the play. Such as, various performers claiming to feel spirits pulling or grabbing their neck or legs. The curse has even resulted in multiple deaths during the productions. To this day, no production seems to be immune to the curse on Macbeth, but there is still hope.

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Catherine Yetman's comment, October 28, 2012 12:58 AM
I find this so odd. This video really makes you wonder if there really is a curse on the play, Macbeth, or if the hype everyone creates is the cause. Its very strange how this particular play has had so many unfortunate incidents over the years. It really makes you think about the curse of Macbeth. -Catherine Yetman