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There are many ways of making a pact with the Devil. The 'Formicarus', a witch-hunting manual (1435) gives the earliest if not the most complete description of what happens. Supplied with friends who have already forsworn God, the applicant arrives at a church on a Sunday morning very early and renounces God and the One, Holy, and Apostolic Church. He pays homage to the Devil, drinks the blood of sacrificed children, and subscribes to the rules of the damned, which cover many things from diet to cursing and sacrificing. He expresses the desire to trade his soul for one or more favours from the Evil One; often wealth or power for a specified number of years. Actually signing the Devil's paperwork is difficult. It must be signed in the person's blood, drawn from the left arm. If it will not flow easily- human nature resists such an act- it is warmed with fire, representing passion overcoming intellect. After that the person is inscribed in the red book of death.

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By 1398, it has been officially decided that witches have pacts with Satan. Maleficia - sorcery - is now a crime treated as treason to God and country. In 1608 William Perkins writes in 'A Discourse of the Damned Art of Witchcraft' that 'though the witches were in many respects profitable, and did not hurt but procured much good, yet, because he hath renounced God his king and governor and hath bound himself by other laws to the service of the enemies of God and his church, death is his portion justly assigned to him by God: he may not live.' As treasoners and devil- worshippers, witches are accused of many things:

This lesson will begin with a brief summary of Macbeth Act 1, Scene 2

is a tragedy where the setting is a remote castle and the audience bears witness to the plan that takes the life of the king at the hands of his host and hostess. The castle is in Scotland, where feudal relations continued in Shakespeare's time to be a direct threat to the government of England. According Sylvan Barnet, among others, the history is that the play was written to please King James I, the son of Mary Queen of Scots, Mary Stuart. The Stuarts claim to be the heirs of Banquo, a character killed by Macbeth. The Witches tell Macbeth and Banquo in Act 1 scene 3 that Macbeth will be king but that Banquo's children will be kings. They say that Banquo will be "Lesser than Macbeth, and greater." (1.3.65) Macbeth writes a letter to his wife explaining the strange events, whereupon she decides that they should kill the King and take his crown based on the belief that they can rule if they just eliminate Duncan. Unfortunately for them, fate has other plans for them. Macbeth must murder many others, including Banquo, to protect his rule. The inner workings of court provide the backdrop for this play. We see the head of the house, Lady Macbeth, make plans to receive her guests. This is a rather ordinary task in a noble house. What we also see is the plan to kill the king as it is conceived. Events thereafter tell of secrecy, murder, and madness. Macbeth, who truly believes he is meant to be king, kills Duncan, then Banquo, and then is haunted by the ghost of Banquo. The descent into madness for Lady Macbeth is a fascinating study. Lady Macbeth is haunted by the image of blood on her hands representing the murder of the king in her house for which she is responsible. She ultimately goes mad and kills herself. Macbeth by this time seems unaffected by much of the doom and destruction around him. His reaction to the suicide of his wife—"She should have died hereafter;" (5.5.17)— reveals an almost passive acceptance of her death. The speech that follows, "Tomorrow, and tomorrow and tomorrow…," shows Macbeth's belief that humans only live to perform certain functions; and when that role is complete, we die. This notion is reinforced in Macbeth's ultimate realization that he is doomed to die when he learns that he is not invincible as he thought. True to his character, he does not yield; he goes out fighting. The symbolism of the witchcraft and occult images can be the motivation for the characters' actions as well as their ultimate doom. It is interesting to note that King James I wrote a book on the occult called of which Shakespeare was aware. Much of the occult imagery in the play can be attributed to the idea that the play was written to please King James I.

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I imagine that Shakespeare was trying to show Lady Macbeths dark personality through her speaking rather than acting and that is why the speech has a sinister feel about it.

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In his utter loneliness, alienated from his wife, haunted by the ghost of his best friend and tormented by guilt of his murderous actions, Macbeth is craving for support: and this is what he - falsely - gets. Again the witches know their man, and play upon his innermost desires: this time his desperate need for a sense of reassurance and security. Again their influence on his mind is overwhelming; he believes them unconditionally and feels invulnerable and heroic until the end: