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Explore the dramatic effectiveness of Act 1, scene iii in presenting Macbeth's predicament.

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Explore the dramatic effectiveness of Act 1, scene iii in presenting Macbeth's predicament Macbeth is quite a short play written by William Shakespeare first performed apparently to King James 1 in 1606 at Hampton Court. It is said that Macbeth was written in either 1605 or 1606 and there can be no doubt that it was written to please King James 1, who at the time had just been elected patron of Shakespeare's theatre group. Macbeth is a complicated story that is generally a tragedy that involves the king of Scotland and his trusted followers. King Duncan is shown in the play as a good king, who is a much respected character by others and rules with no apparent problems baring the uprising at the start, but in real life he was apparently not as good a king as is shown in the play. King Duncan has three other family members in the play, his two sons Malcolm, Donalbain and his cousin Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, which the play revolves around. The story of Macbeth involves three witches who read Macbeth and his fellow general of the King's army, Banquo's future, and Banquo is unfazed by the Witches predictions but Macbeth is not like his friend and is disturbed by what they say and it starts to take control of him. ...read more.


The witches cannot kill the captain as they have not the power to do, so this would have cast doubts in the audience's mind about the witches power and if they really are as powerful as first believed, but they can influence the weather and decide to make storms and rough seas to deprive the sailor of sleep for "sev'n-nights nine times nine" which is the same of eighty-one weeks without sleep, which would have caused him serious problems. Shakespeare creates tension and drama character to the three witches by using rhymes and paradoxes, which by now the audience would have been fully convinced the witches are evil. The structure of the play is also fast paced which is very effective in creating dramatic characters around the witches. When Macbeth first enters in scene iii he says, "So foul and fair a day I have not seen", which is immediately striking because the witches said with "foul" and "fair", earlier in the play that is kind of the same thing Macbeth said. This makes the audience consider the possibility that there may be some kind of link between Macbeth and the witches or that the witches have already infiltrated the mind of the main character. ...read more.


To end the scene Banquo seens to be shaken up by it all but Macbeth suggest that he and Banquo should speak to each other about what has happened, " let us speak our free hearts". This is relatively significant as he uses language, which implies that he has complete control over his feelings, but the audience knows his mind is not free but controlled by witches and his own greed. Shakespeare as shows the scenes with great character contrast and dramatic tension, by using the superstitions of the time to influence the audience that witches are evil, but he makes them unsure of Macbeth right until the end of scene iii. The language he uses is very menacing and the stagecraft he uses is crucial, like words spoken aside, which let the audience know what the character is feeling and gives the audience an insight into what the characters were really like on the inside. Throughout the play the dramatic structures and devices used in showing the characters, especially Macbeth and the witches, really uses the superstitions of the time making a disturbing, tension filled play. If the play was shown in these days, I doubt it would have the same affect as we do not have the superstitions as they did I those days. ...read more.

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