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How Does Act 1 Scene 3 of Macbeth Relate to the Rest of the Play?

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How Does Act 1 Scene 3 of Macbeth Relate to the Rest of the Play? Macbeth is one of the famous plays written by William Shakespeare in Elizabethan times. He took the basic story from The Chronicles of Scotland, a history book by Raphael Holinshed, but he made a lot of changes in it. In real life Banquo was guilty, but since he was an ancestor of James I, therefore Shakespeare made him innocent in the play. In the 16th century, due to ignorance, the people of England and Scotland believed in God and the Devil, in heaven and hell, supernatural things including Black Magic. They also believed in evil spirits, in possession by spirits and in the power of witchcraft. Women didn't have any rights in these times. If they were clever and mentally strong they were considered to be witches. This is a description of how a physically brave, loyal but ambitious and suggestible man murders to gain the throne of Scotland and is then obliged to continue murdering in order to preserve and maintain his position and authority. ...read more.

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He is drifted within his thoughts whether these predictions are good or bad for him "why do I yield to that suggestion, whose horrid image doth unfix my hair, and make my seated heart knock at my ribs, against the use of nature?" Banquo doesn't believe in their prediction and he calls them "The instruments of darkness...."After the witches prophesy, Banquo remained silent about the predicted future. The witches tell him that although he would not be the king himself his son would be in the future. As much as the predictions excite him, Banquo makes it clear to Macbeth that he will not do anything treacherous to achieve those ends but remains quite. Macbeth feels that Banquo is naturally superior to him and just being near Banquo makes Macbeth feel ashamed. Because of Macbeth's predicted fate and destiny to become king he hires slaves to kill Banquo and his son, but fortunately his son Fleance escapes, which leaves the possibility of the prophecy becoming true. The tragedy of Macbeth solely depends on the supernatural, specifically, the witches in the opening scene of the play. ...read more.

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Women were seen very differently to how they are in the present day. Lady Macbeth being the main female character in the play gives us an idea of Shakespeare's personal thoughts and views of women. She is seen to be the 'strong woman behind a great leader'. Shakespeare shows Lady Macbeth as an ambitious woman. We first see this when she receives a letter from her husband. We see from the letter that Macbeth treats her as an equal, "My dearest partner of greatness", and that he is pleased to tell her of the prophecy, from the three witches, that she will become queen. From the beginning to the end, this is an extremely bloody and dark play. But it must be remembered that this type of conduct has not unknown in bygone times where rulers "disposed" of potential claimant to their thrones. Macbeth's guilt was to some extent excusable. He did commit murders; In the first place he killed Duncan only to show his loyalty to his wife. However afterwards he murder more and more people to fulfil his desire and for his own ambition to rule Scotland. ...read more.

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