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    Many of William Shakespeare’s writing is influenced by the middle ages. Much of his works show many different characteristics of this time period.  Throughout the play Shakespeare shows how religion, Queen Elizabeth’s Reign and some evil doings influenced his purpose of writing his plays.  The play, The Tragedy of Macbeth, shows how being avaricious and wanting to gain control, in the end, does not conclude how you expect, because retaliation over all is the end result. With such high ambition to be king of the Scots, Shakespeare shows reality by the severe consequences that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth face to have such power. Lady Macbeth begins to feel guilty about the deeds that she and her husband, Macbeth, have committed to gain control over the people of Scotland, all because of allegory.  Lady Macbeth speaks, Out, damned spot! Out, I say! One: two: Why, then ’tis time to do ‘t. Hell is murky. Fie, mylord, fie! A soldier, and afeard? What need we fearwho knows it, when none can call our pow’r toAccompt?  Yet who would have thought the old manto have had so much blood in him? Act 5, Scene 1, Lines 35-41.  The Macbeth that Shakespeare has shown is a figure somewhat unlike the real Scottish king of the 11th century which exhibits the importance of religion, which in that time is Christianity, and also the importance of government. The figure that is portrayed to us by Shakespeare, is a person who wants to seek leadership and power, but forgets all the important reasonings behind being a leader and who also forgets the values of being a christian.With that being said, during the time that The Tragedy of Macbeth was written, theology was strongly being tested. Witchcraft and different demonic figures began to appear. In the play Shakespeare shows some of those diabolical figures. For example, the three witches, described as “sinister hags who seem more closely allied to the Norns of Fates than to conventional witches” by the Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, were the symbols of paganism that was portrayed to us. During the 15th century it was known that witchcraft was being exposed to religion, which was right around the time that Shakespeare had written this play.  During Shakespeare’s time, witches were known to be worshippers of Satan. As described in the ‘Religious Context’ section of the article Literary Contexts in Plays: William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’, floating daggers, the spirit of Banquo, the various nightmares, as well as Lady Macbeth’s sleep-walking are many unnatural apparitions connected to evil throughout the play, because, as we know, there was not an actual devil character shown throughout the play.In the 15th century, plays and the way that they were performed are way different than the plays that are shown to us in today’s society. Plays were written and performed to address all feelings of the different people as well as all classes in that society. In that time period the plays were only seen one way, and it definitely was not by a television, but in a theater that usually held close to 3,000 people at a time. The plays would be a little unusual or maybe even a bit weird if we was to go see one. For example unlike the plays that are performed to our preferences, the plays during shakespeare’s time was performed with no bright colorful lights, but it ran off the natural outside lighting, which meant that the theater was open-air, so the performances were held mainly in the afternoons and could not take place during bad weather or at night. Additionally, the theaters also had no type of sound systems such as speakers or microphones, so all of the actors had to project their voices so the entire theater could hear as well as understand all of the words that they were saying. The actors had to use words to describe the scenery for the audience because in that time, there was no such thing as ‘props’. View the opening of the play in Act 1, Scene 1, “Thunder and lightning. Enter three WITCHES”. The opening scene would have been spoken and the people in the audience would have had to use their imagination to set the setting of the scene in their heads.The costumes of the actors were a huge contribution to theater as well as to the play. Without certain costumes some of the plays would be a disaster. The play of Macbeth, and many other plays written by Shakespeare were performed by only male actors. Young boys were playing the role of the female parts such as Lady macbeth and The Three Sisters, for example. Their costumes made them look as if they were the female characters (Thomas 2009).  Above all, The reign of Queen Elizabeth I had the greatest influence on majority of the writings that William Shakespeare has giving to the people of England as well as millions around the world. Queen Elizabeth was a very educated female figure during her time all throughout England. Her love for the art of literature was indescribable. And she loved the writing of shakespeare and she supported him and his work strongly. She was a major influence on some of the female characters that he used in some of his plays, and she usually played the role as the good, innocent, virgin girl/woman. Like Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth cared about the values of all people, the rich and wealthy, as well as the unfortunate and poor. The two of them were very charitable people. It is unknown if Queen Elizabeth and William Shakespeare have ever personally met, but the influence that she had on him made it evident that they did. Shakespeare used Queen Elizabeth in a completely opposite way than some of the women in his other plays. He Compared as well as contrasted Lady Macbeth to Queen Elizabeth. Both two very intelligent women, But Lady Macbeth used her intelligence in an evil way to persue royalty and power for she and her husband Macbeth. Queen Elizabeth on the other hand wanted to help citizens in the society instead of put them in harms way or bring danger upon them. As a result, of the all the great influences, during the early ages as well as the 15th century, of William Shakespeare’s writing, he and his works are strongly remembered and still used to educate as well as entertain all people and classes throughout the world