Please explain the reference of "equivocation" in Macbeth.

Please explain the reference of "equivocation" in Macbeth.

Please explain the reference of "equivocation" in Macbeth.

Please explain the reference of "equivocation" in Macbeth.

When Shakespeare deals with equivocation in Macbeth, he is featuring an issue that was current in his society.  From the Norton edition of the play I learned that a Jesuit devised a particular theory of equivocation to use at his trial for his part in the gunpowder plot.  Since the gunpowder plot was specifically designed to kill King James I, the reigning monarch when Macbeth was first produced, the use of equivocation in the play would have held special significance.Though the witches, Macbeth, and the Porter are the primary uses of equivocation in the play, the theme is almost constant.  Lady Macbeth twice talks to Macbeth about concealing his feelings and plots beneath a normal exterior, for instance, and Malcom suspects Macduff of playing falsely when Macduff comes to England to join Malcolm in the fight against Macbeth.
Please explain the reference of "equivocation" in Macbeth.
Please explain the reference of "equivocation" in Macbeth.
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Please explain the reference of "equivocation" in Macbeth.
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