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How I would present Act 1 Scene 3 of Macbeth.

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Macbeth - Act 1 Scene 3 The play opens as three witches plan a meeting with the Scottish nobleman Macbeth, who at that moment is fighting in a great battle. When the battle is over, Macbeth and his friend Banquo come across the witches who offer them three predictions: that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland, and that Banquo's descendants will become kings. Banquo laughs at the prophecies but Macbeth is excited, especially as soon after their meeting with the witches Macbeth is made Thane of Cawdor by King Duncan, in return for his bravery in the battle. At that moment Macbeth is completely 'rapt' by the prophecies and gets a 'horrid image' of murder. This scene is important because if Macbeth had not heard the predictions then it is predictable that he would not have murdered the King. Also Banquo was in this scene and it was predicted his descendants would be King. This is important because later on he is killed because Macbeth fells insecure of his throne. ...read more.


I want this because this will create tension as Macbeth trusts them and is spellbound. Audiences from Shakespeare's time would react to them as "instruments of darkness" and "the devil". Some audiences in today's time may not react to them as horrifying creatures, because the belief of the existence of witches is unrealistic. In this scene we learn a lot about Macbeth. One of the main things we learn is that there are two-sides to Macbeth. He lies very easily and pretends to be what he's not for example Macbeth says "my dull brain was wrought with things forgotten" when in fact he was thinking of his upcoming future, the witches prophecies and murder. He is also very easily manipulated by the witches. At first he seems to fear the witches. However by the time he hears the prophecies he is very relaxed and wants them to stay as if he were "rapt". We also learn that Macbeth is very violent and dangerous. ...read more.


He reacts to the witches as devils and as "fantastical" and I will show this by showing that he does not want to go near them. Banquo's language is very respectful towards Macbeth but Banquo also repeatedly uses the word "rapt" to emphasise his feelings on Macbeth and how he notices the change. Banquo reacts to and interacts with Macbeth as an honourable soldier and loyal warrior. This change's throughout the scene from respect turns into a worry. I would show this via Banquo's facial expressions and language. The audience reacts to Banquo as a noble warrior, a great partner and a loyal man. The overall affect I wanted to achieve is to emphasise Macbeth's change and show what ambition and prophesising can do to a man. I also want to emphasise Banquo's understanding of Macbeth and the character and language of the three witches. I want the audience to think that ambition can be a bad influence and change a person. A bad influence never has a happy ending as we can see from this scene - vision of murder - and this play - Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Banquo, King Duncan and many others dead. ...read more.

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