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The Dramatic Impact and Significance of Act 1 Scene 1 and Act 3 Scene 3 of Macbeth

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The Dramatic Impact and Significance of Act 1 Scene 1 and Act 3 Scene 3 of Macbeth In this essay I am going to examine the dramatic impact and significance of Act 1 Scene 1 and Act Scene 3 of Macbeth. Shakespeare sets the opening scene on a moor where he uses pathetic fallacy to echo the mood of the witches and sets the evil mood for the play. The play begins with the witches arranging another meeting on the moor whilst a terrible storm is raging around them. As the thunder roars and the lighting crashes across the moor we begin to see the darker side of the play. We associate the witches with evil and intrigue, dirt, disease and evil. In the first scene we are given an idea of what is going to happen in the play. The witches raise questions about good and evil throughout the play. Everything about them from the way they speak to the way they look tells us how evil they are. "Fair is foul and foul is fair" this shows us that the witches have no idea of good or evil. This introduces the theme of darkness into the play. ...read more.

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Banquo cannot decide if these creatures are male or female. He is bewildered by these creatures and shocked by there hideous appearance. The way the witches look does differ from one production to the next but they are always used to shock the audience. This is how Shakespeare wanted the witches to be portrayed. The worse their appearance the more of an impact it has on the audience because in Shakespeare's day witches were highly disapproved of and the penalty if you were found to be a witch was to be burnt alive at the stake. "Hail to thee Thane of Glamis" "Hail to thee Thane of Cawdor" "thalt shall be king heir after". These are the three prophecies of the witches. The witches speak with an evil tone as they try to draw Macbeth into a tangled web of deceit. Banquo is intrigued by the prophecy and wishes to know what is in store for him. "Lesser than Macbeth but greater. Not so happy yet much happier". Banquo does not know they are predicting his death, which happens later in the play. In Act 1 scene 3 Macbeth and Banquo are brought good news by Ross and Angus telling them that Macbeth has become Thane of Cawdor. ...read more.

Conclusion

The play has a very strong theme of evil this is based around the witches in the beginning of the play but later on Macbeth becomes the main evil theme. This is the goriest play that Shakespeare wrote. Towards the end of the play Macbeth becomes cold, calculated and callous. This leads him to murder Duncan the king and gain the throne but this is not enough for him. The evil is now working deep within him and he wants more and more and will not stop at nothing to get it. Macbeth trusts the witches because he is drawn towards them by their enchanting, evil power. Its as if there are using voodoo dolls or something along that line. He was dragged into the evil and deceit. He didn't have time to stop and consider that the witches could b misleading him. Once they'd predicted him to be king he was hooking by the thought. The witches manipulated his ambition and turned it into greed. Macbeth wasn't in control of what was going on because the witches had put the ideas in his head and these ideas took over his rational thoughts and Macbeth lost control. ...read more.

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