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Macbeth

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GCSE English Oral Assessment MACBETH Macbeth was written by William Shakespeare, born in 1564 during the reigns of Queen Elizabeth. He grew up in a small town in the heart of London called Stratford-upon-Avon. His father, John Shakespeare, was a Glover and also worked in the wool industry. His mother Mary Arden was the daughter of Robert Arden who was a farmer in Wilmcote. Young William Shakespeare attended Stafford Grammar at the age of 7 till 14, and got married to a woman, Anne Hathaway, who was 7 years older than him and also 3 months pregnant. When he got fed up of his life he moved to London to find do something interesting. There he became an actor and performed his plays at his Black friar Theatre and then the Globe Theatre. As his acting became better and better so did his play-writing. His plays were famous, worldwide for his histories, comedies and tragedies. During his career he managed to write 37 top class plays. Macbeth was written in the time of King James I, the heir of the throne to England's previous queen, Queen Elizabeth. King James I was a cousin of Queen Elizabeth. And he was only given the throne as the only brother of Queen Elizabeth, Prince Edward, son of Jane Seymour, unfortunately died of an illness when he was very young. The following is a short summary of the major events which occurred in this great tragedy by William Shakespeare: The story takes place in Scotland the homeland of King James I. ...read more.

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This creates an ominous feeling. The audience hear the name of the main character being repeated within the witches meaning that something is going to happen to him as well as associating him with evil. We are given hints that he is going to be tempted by the witches. So by the end of this scene Macbeth hasn't entered the play, but the audience have already got a negative feeling towards him as he's linked to evil. At the beginning of the second scene the King asks a bloody captain of his who has also been fighting in the battle about how the battle is going. Shakespeare makes the captain his narrator explaining to the audience as well as the King what is happening in the battle. Note that we are not shown the battle, but are just given symbols like blood which suggest there is a battle going on. The captain tells the audience that the battle could have gone either way. Here the captain is being sarcastic as he later describes that the war was all one way, highly praising the bravery of Macbeth. In this scene Shakespeare establishes the idea of treason, treachery and rebellions all in the idea of the former Thane of Cawdor, plotting against the King. Macbeth is highly praised in the highest terms. It is almost as if he had single handily saved the King and won the battle. Although here the audience are seeing a good side of Macbeth, they will still be fresh of what they saw in the first scene. ...read more.

Conclusion

Banquo straight away replies: "What, can the devil speak true?" Banquo is the first to realise that the first prediction of the witches have come true. Banquo is worried and tries to put some sense into Macbeth that anything associated with evil is wrong. He tries to convince him that it's just coincidental. But Macbeth has none of it and now looking forward to the third prediction. This scene has already shown us of Macbeth's and Banquo's friendship, but has also hinted to the audience that it isn't going to last much longer. The audience can pretty much guess that Macbeth is associated by evil and is being controlled by the witches. So as things are going anyone who gets in his way is also getting in the way of the witches. Although this play is pretty much predictable as you go along, but one important which misses the naked eye is the mistake Macbeth makes. This is the crucial factor of his and Banquo's friendship. He hints that he keeps thinking of himself being King. And the fact that as two have already come true means it's not a bad thing. But what scares him is that he keeps on getting the thought of killing King Duncan. Shakespeare has used supernatural presence in all the first three scenes of Act one. Maybe to interest a particular person in the audience. He first performed this play in front of King James I. And like I've mentioned before the King James was interested in witches. But Shakespeare had to make sure he represented them as evil, or it could have been off with his head as a supporter of witches. 1 ...read more.

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