Witchcraft and The Curse of Macbeth
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Macbeth and the Witches

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Most witches were seen as scary. also, 75% were women. Men were mostly accused in using magic for political purposes. Women were accused if they were poor because they were a burden on society, or if they were old because obviously, witchcraft let them age without dying. women were also accused if single or not christian. They were considered morally weaker.

 

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Double, double, toil and trouble: A Guide to the Witches' Chants

Double, double, toil and trouble: A Guide to the Witches' Chants | Witchcraft and The Curse of Macbeth | Scoop.it
Detailed explanatory notes for the speeches of the Weird Sisters (Three Witches) in Macbeth.

 

This article is the chant that the Weird Sisters from Macbeth say during the corse of the play. The chant comes from the book of Daemonology, which Shakespeare added to the play so he could get on King James' good side. When the first actors of the play first spoke the chant, some of the actual witches felt anger towards the play, and cursed the play to be the most ill-fated play of all time. 

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Toil and Trouble: The Curse of Macbeth

This article is about how there are tens of thousands of Macbeth performances, yet the longest list of cited incidents was only twenty or thirty entries long. It goes on to say that there is no way the curse of macbeth exists, and you are more likely to be in a car accident on the way to see a performance of Macbeth than to actually be injured in the performance. 

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Ten Ways - Curse of Macbeth

Is the Shakespeare's classic "Macbeth" cursed? On the Science Channel's "10 Ways to Lift a Curse," witness some of the tragic accidents associated with the s...

 

This video, dramatizes some of the incidents related to the Curse of Macbeth. If someone speaks the name "Macbeth" before a play begins, then the play will be disaster. They ended up renaming the play to "The Scottish Play". A majority of the time, the incidents occur during the actual play that Shakespeare wrote, and someone accidentally spoke the cursed name. The video also shows how to get rid of the curse if you have said "Macbeth". To break the curse one must run out of the show house, spin around three times, then yell the most profound word that they know. 

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Arthur Johnsen's comment, November 11, 2012 10:23 AM
When I watched this I found the idea to be outrageous and impossible. I just do not see how uttering the name "Macbeth" could cause such harm or damage. Having a heart attack at the show is the same as being hit by a car on the way. It’s all chance and coincidence over the hundreds of years of the play how many accidents have actually happened like 30. The only thing more stupid than this curse is how you have to lift it. Running outside, spinning around, and then spitting on the ground and yelling a curse. This whole thing is a hoax and has no scientific standing. I could say it right now and nothing would happen to me proving this is nothing but coincidence. I want to go to a play just to yell this name and prove that it’s not cursed.
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King James I's comment, November 14, 2012 4:01 PM
I find this topic very interesting to read and learn about. I can not say I believe in curses or superstitions however the mystery of the curse is strange to research about. There have been many incidents which have occurred after saying "Macbeth" however there are many other explanations. Personally, I have been involved in theater and was always told not to say Macbeth before a show but never knew why. One performance of the musical Cinderella someone did say the word and a student was hit by a curtain hook that fell from the top of the stage and taken to the hospital. I was spooked but still do not believe in blaming faulty equipment or accidents on a curse made up many years ago but people work hard to use a few incidents to back up superstitious reasoning. - Sarah Conger
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The Curse of Shakespeare’s Scottish Play Macbeth

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Don't mention the name of "that play"! The Unmentionable is considered to bring bad luck to its cast...

 

This article details some of the accidents reported with Macbeth.  It goes on to talk about how any play with this many fight scenes, weapons and dimmed lighting is bound to have accidents. Shakespear, however, had used actual black magic incantations in his play.

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The Curse of 'Macbeth'

This article sites a short list of incidents pertaining to performances of Macbeth in the theater. The list starts in 1606 and ends in 1970. The different injuries range from cast members sleep walking off astage to audience members being stabbed with "props."

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