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Shakespeare wrote many plays and Macbeth is one of his most compelling. When Shakespeare was writing this play many people had different perceptions about witches, and the supernatural side of life.

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Macbeth Essay By Roxana Stylianou Shakespeare wrote many plays and Macbeth is one of his most compelling. When Shakespeare was writing this play many people had different perceptions about witches, and the supernatural side of life. James 1 was one of these people; he believed a 'witch' had put a curse on his boat when he was going to Denmark to get married. This led James 1 to write a book on Demonology. Later on Agnes Sampson the person who put a 'curse' on James 1, confessed, and was sentenced to death. This meant she had attempted to commit treason, the worst kind of treason, Regicide. This was one of the ideas that led Shakespeare to write Macbeth. So he could give his opinions of the supernatural, and also to please James 1. He did this by reflecting in the play that he supported James 1 right to be on the throne. He also wrote this play because he knew the audience was interested in witches and so he exploited them in the play. Act 1 scene 1 is one of the shortest scenes in the play as it is only one page long, but it is one of the most important. The scene only contains the 3 witches although other characters are talked about. As you enter scene 1 the fact that they are on a moor is very interesting. It displays mystery, curiosity, and shows a secretive nature of the witches. Like they have something to hide. ...read more.

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This scene is where the witches have their meeting with Macbeth, and tell him his fortune. Banquo is also another important character in this scene. He is told fortunes about himself, but he hears Macbeth's fortunes too, they are much more important than his. As we enter scene 3 we are told the witches are on the moor and the weather is thunder. This is familiar to scene 1 because they were in the same place, with the same kind of weather. Some people may think this is just a coincidence alternatively I think it has a link that the witches control the weather this has an effective use to create the mood. This maybe suggests that the atmosphere in scene 1 will reflect onto scene 3. It is effective in making the audience think that scene 3 will contain bad news and evil. Right at the start of the scene only the three witches are there. As you read on in the scene by line 10 you suspect they are casting a spell on someone. "But in a sieve I'll thither sail, and like a rat without a tail" this is a line said by the first witch. This line implies that the witch wants to sail out to sea to take revenge on someone. The meaning of the line links to the theme of revenge. The fact that the line rhymes is done to intimidate you, it has an effective use that shows they are confident. The second witch says, "Ill give thee wind". ...read more.

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This is effective because he is again having doubts about helping the process along, and he is making excuses, which shows he is lacking confidence. Scene 3 has many connections to the rest of the play. When the prophecies are told to Macbeth we know that they will be the basis of the play from now on as they are seen as having great importance, because one prophecy has come true already what is stopping the others form coming true. This connects to Macbeth being connected with evil; this connects to the rest of the play as he has already been connected with evil twice, why not again. The secret Macbeth and Banquo are keeping will also connect to the rest of the play, as it may bring out the evil in Macbeth, and it will certainly test the trust of their friendship. We want to see if they can keep the secret between them or not. Language techniques will also be developed further. I conclude that Macbeth is a play of excitement. It appeals to a lot of audiences. This is because Shakespeare catches the reader's attention. The play contains tension, excitement and originality for the reader. It combines all three together to make a very appealing book. The story contains many cliffhangers that leave you on tenterhooks, and this makes you want to read on. When Shakespeare wrote this book he was aware of what his audience was interested in and that's what he exploited. He may have only written it to impress James 1 but he impressed many other people on the way. He touched many subjects that people wouldn't dare to touch and maybe that is why people are still reading his plays today. 1 ...read more.

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