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Shakespeare was known for his excellent and interesting plays. Going and watching a shakespeare play was a very popular form of entertainment. The first twoo scenes had to be interesting, there was much competition with other theatre groups and other forms of entertainment like bearbaiting which was becoming increasingly more popular. Now the theatre has become a less popular place which most people hardly go to. The language used on stage has changed a lot too. Poetry is now rarely used in productions but when used sounds really effective and entertaining. The language which Shakespeare used made the plays sound much more exaggerated. It is understandable when listening to it but it is hard to translate completly. "Nor would we deign him burial of his men." When reading Shakespeares plays we have to remember that it was not written for reading, it was made for stage. It was also evident that the actors who were in the play did not have the entire script of the play in their possession, in Shakespears time there were no copyright laws so all of Shakespeares plays had to be closely guarded. ...read more.


The witches then discuss Macbeth, they are planning a place to meet him in which they will plant an evil seed inside him, and start the chain of events which leed to his downfall in society. If the audience would have heard the witches say Macbeths name it would make them suspicious, which would make them more interested in how the plot develops. The wiches were feared by people because of all the evil things which are asscioated with the image of a witch. During the first scene we imagine the witches chanting because of the way Shakespeare gave them rhyming lines. They use rhyming couplets to emphisize on selected important lines. "When the hurly-burly's done, When the battles lost and won" Shakespeare wanted to direct the audiences attention towards this line because it is a vital indication to what is going to happen in the scenes which are coming up. "Fair is foul and foul is fair Hover through the fog and filthy air." This is another important scene in the play because it also gives us an insight to what is going to happen in the scenes to come. ...read more.


Looking at what has happend with Macbeths promotion, it suggests that this is a 'Tragedy' but we do not have enough evidence from the first two scenes to back this up. A 'Tragedy' begins with a figure of a Great Hero, who is very popular with the local people, everybody talks about that person and praises him for all his achievements. The hero then gains a promotion and his status amounst the people is elevated even higher. Then there is a ultimate decline in which the Hero becomes unpopular, the Hero's fatal flaw causes this which in Macbeths case, is his ambition. Looking at the end of act 1 scene 2 King Duncan states "What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won." This may not mean just the title, it could mean also the disloyalty that the original Thane of Cawdor had. This links back to the witches because they said, "Fair is foul and foul is fair." They said that there are no boundaries between good and bad so Macbeth cannot possibly take all the good from the Thane of Cawdor, he must take all the bad things about him too. ...read more.

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