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In the first two scenes a definite atmosphere is created and we learn a lot about the character Macbeth.

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In the first two scenes a definite atmosphere is created and we learn a lot about the character Macbeth. Within the opening scene of 'Macbeth' a dramatic atmosphere is present. This allows us to gain knowledge, a huge amount concerning the character Macbeth even though we haven't met him yet but the first impression we get of Macbeth is one of uncertainty. Even before a character speaks we can see a strong, definite atmosphere being set. "Thunder and lightning. Enter three witches." The thunder and lightning alone give it a atmospheric opening, which catches the attention of the audience, as it is representative of evil so the 17th century audience will be petrified because they believe that thunder and lightning is an act of evil. Also by starting the play with three witches and with thunder and lightning Shakespeare leaves you in no doubt what the play is going to be about and how Shakespeare instantly creates a mood of terror and unearthly evil. These sounds will help to set the eerie and supernatural atmosphere that Shakespeare wanted to create along with the witches also this creates a mystical atmosphere. A further piece of evidence to prove the atmosphere is. "When shall we three meet again? In thunder, lightning or rain?" ...read more.

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Just because the witches said that they will meet Macbeth upon the heath at a atmospheric place. The audience would be cautious about Macbeth because in the 17th century, people would be very cautious about anybody who was thought to be a witch in their town so the audience will be cautious about Macbeth. Shakespeare purposely did this to create an uncertain atmosphere to make the audience think. Is Macbeth good or is he bad? "I come Grey Malkin!" The witches can talk to animals. So this gives another piece of evidence to prove that the witches have supernatural powers. Therefore all this will add to create atmosphere. The best evidence to prove atmosphere in the first scene is, the last two lines within it. "Fair is foul, and foul is fair; Hover through the fog and filthy air." To the witches, what is evil is good as a result 'Fair is foul, and foul is fair' would basically seem like a warning that things are not what they appear to be and this creates an uncertain atmosphere again. The last line is a perfect example of alliteration. Shakespeare imitates the thickness and filthiness of the fog if not atmosphere by using words with f and th sounds. It makes the atmosphere actually sound thick and filthy. ...read more.

Conclusion

This has to be the strongest evidence to show that Macbeth is a trustworthy person because the king has promoted Macbeth to be third in line to be king for the reason that Macdonwald rebelled against his country. Duncan has taken a great risk here because by putting Macbeth third in line to be King, Macbeth could easily take his thrown but Duncan trusts Macbeth and believes that Macbeth wouldn't do a thing like that because Macbeth had just fought a great war and has gained victory within them all just to protect the Kings head. So Duncan has reasons to believe that Macbeth is fit enough be the Thane of Cawdor. Therefore Macbeth is loyal, faithful and trustworthy. In the first two scenes we see a definite atmosphere present. This is the atmosphere that Shakespeare purposely created to set the atmosphere for the rest of the play to form uncertainty. In the first scene we associate Macbeth to evil then in the second scene we see Macbeth as a loyal and trustworthy person. This is the uncertainty that has been created. As the 17th century audience believed that the witches are the servant of the devil and King Duncan is the servant of God therefore the audience would be baffled by the fact that both the good and the evil like Macbeth. Is he good or is he bad? ...read more.

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