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From Act one scenes one to four we can see that Macbeth is extremely good in battle and has ambition

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'Macbeth' In act one scene one the audience is surprised when Macbeth is only mentioned once and nothing is found out about him. Instead the whole scene is based on three witches talking about meeting up with Macbeth. This also puzzles the audience as it leaves them wondering what connection there is between the witches and Macbeth. One thing we do learn for sure in scene one is that Macbeth is fighting in a battle, we know this because one of the witches says "when the battle is lost and won" and then a couple of lines later the third witch says "there to meet with Macbeth". We then picture the possibility Macbeth as a warrior. This is reinforced greatly as act one scene two goes on. Act one scene two starts with the captain giving reports of the battle to King Duncan. The first thing in scene two that is mentioned about Macbeth is where captain says "brave Macbeth, well he deserves that name" in line 16 we gat a contrast to the link in scene one with the witches, and we now see Macbeth as a fearless and courageous soldier. The captain then goes on with great compliments saying Macbeth is "valouis mirion" and by this time Macbeth is seen as a really brave character. ...read more.


king, but it is very unlikely that he would kill Duncan, he needs someone to guide him to do such an act of evil and that person is his wife Lady Macbeth. We don't get to meet Lady Macbeth until the start of the fifth scene and even then we do not see her true character. This is because Shakespeare opens the scene with Lady Macbeth reading the letter that Macbeth sent her regarding what the witches told him. This is an important part of the scene because we see what Macbeth thinks of his wife. He calls her "my dearest partner of greatness" this is a very important comment on the relationship between Macbeth and his wife. The vocabulary reveals a very powerful bond between them. The 17th Century audience would be surprised that Macbeth has no hold on his wife. The noun "Partner" suggests Lady Macbeth is equal to her husband and shares activities with Macbeth without being owned by him, this was uncommon at the time. The superlative "greatness" shows that lady Macbeth is not only his partner, but the best partner. After reading the letter Lady Macbeth repeats what the witches told Macbeth, "Glamis thou art. And Cawdor: and shalt be what thou art promised." there is clearly no doubt it lady Macbeth's mind that what the witches said will come true. ...read more.


The croaking raven is more hoarse than usual because it signals the death of Duncan. "Unsex me here" lady Macbeth wants all of her femininity to go or change in order to make her a complete masculine like character with no conscience. She also calls upon on the spirits to make her crueler so she has the cruelty to commit the deed along with Macbeth. Lady Macbeth then asks the spirits to fill her "from the crown to the toe top-full of direst cruelty" she wants to be evil enough to commit murder. Finally Lady Macbeth asks the spirits to cover up her murder with the "dunnest smoke of hell, that my keen knife see not the wound it makes" this is because Lady Macbeth does not want a conscience to stop her going through with he murder and she doesn't want to feel guilty about it. When Macbeth enters the castle his wife says "I feel now the future in the instant" she still believes he will be crowned and she tells Macbeth about her feelings. She then tells Macbeth about her plan to kill Duncan and clearly Macbeth is not happy about it "we will speak further is his response to her evil plan. "Only look up clear; to alter favour ever is to fear: leave all the rest to me" lady Macbeth is basically saying don't worry about it and I will sort it out, the audience see how powerful and manipulative Lady Macbeth really is. ...read more.

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