• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Macbeth section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Macbeth essays

  1. Comparing the behaviour and language of Macbeth and Banquo from act 1 scene 3 ...

    So already he is starting to change. Some words I would use to describe Mac Beth in act one scene three are noble, honest, and heroic, and he would die for his king. At the start of act three scene one Mac Beth is now the king.

  2. Macbeth - Act 4 Scene 1: Discuss the Dramatic Potential in this scene.

    The thunder has been used only when the witches appear. The audience realizes that something evil is going to take place and the witches will enter the stage. It is all to do with the fact that thunder is associated with evil.

  1. How does Shakespeare create and maintain tension and dramatic inpact in Act 1 Scene ...

    Secondly, the actions and the appearance of the witches also help maintain the tension and dramatic impact. Their physical appearances are similar to those of men, yet they are 'women'. When Shakespeare first brings Macbeth and Banquo to the scene; Banquo is the first to see the witches, he immediately

  2. Trace the Development of Macbeth's Character in Act One

    Evil is often behind death, and seems to also be behind the metaphor of capturing reason. To capture reason can cause the decline of the mind, and this is what might happen to Macbeth. This causes more uncomfortable feelings about Macbeth's future.

  1. The Dramatic Impact of The Witches in Macbeth

    The witches also speak of some very unusual things that suggests that they are not normal. One of the oddest things they say is "Hover through the fog and filthy air" giving you the impression that they can fly. They also chant "fair is foul and foul is fair", which

  2. By considering the soliloquies, analyse how Macbeth's character changes as the play progresses.

    him the sad, lonely and depressed man he is at this point. This is overall a sad soliloquy as it is shows the audience Macbeth's absolute regret and his acceptance that what he has done did have consequences, in that he has lost all his honour, he is not loved,

  1. How does Shakespeare present the witches in an interesting and dramatic way?

    Witches were also meant to have demons as their servants often appearing in the shapes of animals, having taken on this form to do the witches' wishes. The most popular animal, which appears in folk-law, is the cat, which once again has been passed down until now, where the black cat is the standard witch partner.

  2. Examine Macbeth's mental deterioration throughout the play.

    In this same quotations the three are called "juggling fiends" which is another metaphor used to describe their manners by the protagonist. In his last apparition in the play, Macbeth decides to die honourably and gets out of the spiral of his mental deterioration.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work