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Macbeth - Witch visits - mood and setting

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Amandeep Ghuman 11 Red Macbeth Coursework Macbeth started of as Thane of Glamis, shortly after the witches' prediction that he would become Thane of Cawdor news broke that the previous thane had been sentenced to death that made Macbeth the new Thane of Cawdor. Along with predicting Macbeth would become the new Thane of Cawdor, the witches also predicted that he would become King of Scotland. The thought of killing King Duncan horrified Macbeth but Macbeth reacted to his first instincts as his ambition to become king overcame any doubts he had and he killed Duncan to achieve the position of King of Scotland. Macbeth is very shocked and bemused when he sees the witches in Act One Scene Three, when he says "Speak if you can: what are you?" This shows that he isn't quite sure who or what the witches are or why the witches have come to meet him. Macbeth also finds it hard to believe the witches prediction that he will become Thane of Cawdor and then King of Scotland. ...read more.

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When the witches give their predictions to Macbeth about his future, this gives Macbeth the idea that he is indestructible, when the second apparition says "The power of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth". This prediction influences Macbeth not to fear anyone as the apparition predicts that no naturally born man can harm him, which reassures Macbeth to kill anyone who stands in his way as he has nothing to fear. When the three apparitions told their predictions to Macbeth in Act Four Scene One the audience waited to see if those predictions were right, when the first apparition says "Macbeth, Macbeth, Macbeth: beware Macduff" this prediction turned out to be right later on in the play when Macduff kills Macbeth. This also was the case when the third apparition promised Macbeth that he will not be defeated until Birnam Wood came to Dunsinane which also became true, both these predictions by the apparitions would have influenced the audience's views on the supernatural and made them think that maybe forces from the supernatural exist in real life. ...read more.

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Also this mood will show the audience that Macbeth will be doing a lot of evil things in the rest of the play. This scene links with the rest of the play as most of the play is based in darkness, as darkness intensifies the dramatic effect of the action and language. The costumes that the witches would wear would be a black, old and dirty hag. As black is a very mysterious colour, this would put across a message to the audience that these witches are very mysterious and no one quite knows what they are or what they are really up to. Macbeth's costume would be a warrior king outfit, this would put across a message to the audience that Macbeth is ready to fight anyone standing in his way to the position of King of Scotland. As there is thunder and lightning in this scene, lighting and sound effects could create a very frightening atmosphere. When the first apparition says "Macbeth, Macbeth, Macbeth: beware Macduff", as soon as the apparition says "Beware Macduff" thunder and lightning effects could take place as this would tell the audience that Macduff could be a threat to Macbeth later on in the play. ...read more.

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