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Macbeth Coursework This countries most famous script writer composed many plays which fall into three categories; comedies, histories and tragedies. For a number of his plays including Macbeth he turned to a historian (Raphael Holinshed) for information. Shakespeare's main source for Macbeth was 'the Chronicles of Scotland', which was written by Holinshed in 1577. This gave Shakespeare an outline of Macbeth's career, from the meeting of the witches, until his death to the hands of Macduff. The idea of the murder of King Duncan was from what was written of an earlier King in 'the Chronicles of Scotland', who was killed by a trusted subject. It is important to remember that Macbeth is a tragic hero. Aristotle was a Greek philosopher, who gave the first version of a tragic hero's description and characteristics. He gave five qualities of a tragic hero- is of noble birth, committed great acts, is held in high esteem, is in some ways isolated from others, and has a flaw in his character. Macbeth is also written around key themes, they are- power, corruption, ambition, trust, deception, passion and the supernatural (witches). During Elizabethan times people were fascinated by the thought of witchcraft and wizardry. ...read more.


When Macbeth meets the witches for the first times he says "speak if you can, what are you?" this shows that he is curious about the witches, and not in the least bit afraid. He's also giving them instructions as he likes to be in control. The first witch says to Macbeth, "all hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis". The second witch says "all hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor". The third witch says "all hail Macbeth that shall be King here after". After this is said Macbeth doesn't speak, this is due to the fact that he is thinking about why the witches mentioned his name as the Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth then comes back into the play and says "stay you imperfect speakers... speak, I charge you". This is Macbeth's attempt to get more information out of the witches. Also notice how Macbeth says "I charge you". Macbeth is trying to use his position as Thane of Glamis to order the witches around. After this speech the witches "vanish". Then Banquo asks "whither are they vanish'd". Macbeth answers him and says "into the air ...would they have stayed. This shows that Macbeth wanted to learn more from the witches about his future. ...read more.


Macbeth is being ironic when he says this; he says that he was day dreaming, but really he was planning killing the King. In addition when Macbeth says "let us towards the King" he means, let's go and visit the King so I can figure out how to kill him. In conclusion, the statement of "act 1 scene 3 is the pivotal scene of the play I agree with. This is because without this scene the play wouldn't make sense. The scene includes the witches revealing Macbeth's future to him the witches say to Macbeth- "all hail Macbeth, hail to thee, thane of Glamis"-"all hail Macbeth, hail to thee, thane of Cawdor"-"all hail Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter". This is when Macbeth's evil side comes out the evidence of this is when he says "Glamis, and thane of Cawdor: the greatest is behind". Also, I agree with the first part of the statement when it says "following this, the issue for the audience is not what Macbeth will do or why but rather the means and consequences of the murder". This is because the audience find out what the plot of Macbeth early in the play, this makes them curious of what is going to happen after the murder of the King and how will Macbeth cope with becoming King and what will he do to keep his position as King secure. ...read more.

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