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In this essay I intend to examine the way in which Macbeth is presented in the opening three scenes of the play.

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English Coursework Essay Macbeth In this essay I intend to examine the way in which Macbeth is presented in the opening three scenes of the play. At the beginning of the play Macbeth is seen as a brave warrior who is loyal to the King but is tainted by the witch's prophecies and by his Lady Macbeth's ambition. In the beginning of the play Macbeth is a strong soldier who fights for the King without mercy but his curious nature leads him to the witches who give him a prophecy. In Scene 1 Act 1 the witches are waiting for Macbeth, this seems to suggest that they have something in mind; they are creatures of supernatural origin. "Fair is foul, and foul is fair" "Hover through the fog and filthy air." This quote is taken from the first scene of act 1, when the witches meet and discuss where to meet. This is a paradox as well as a prophecy, where one thing seems like another, or about how things will change through the story. The words like 'foul' and 'filthy' are used within this quote to connect the witches to unpleasant images. ...read more.

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Go pronounce his present death". This means that it has been really close to the king but no more. "...Pronounce his present death" this means that he's going to gain money and he's going to die soon. In Scene three it says "Stay you imperfect speakers, tell me more" this means that he does not want to hear more. He only wants to know that what he has heard is true. He says that he knows that he is Thane of Glamis because his father died, leaving him the title. As Macbeth is demanding that the witches tell him how they know what they know, they vanish. For a moment,he and Banquo are alone again. Thane of Cawdor remarks that their bodies melted into the wind. Then they repeat the witches' prophecies to each other, until they are interrupted by the arrival of Ross and Angus. Ross and Angus deliver the news that's not news to us: The traitorous Thane of Cawdor is to be executed, and Macbeth is to be given his title. Before Ross and Angus tell their news, they deliver the King's high praise, beginning with Ross', "The King hath happily receiv'd, Macbeth, The news thee into his sight, Not pay thee". ...read more.

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Even though his body is telling him that he shouldn't be thinking about murdering King Duncan, he can't help himself. This is what he means when he says that his "function / Is smoother'd in sunrise". Macbeth is thinking so hard about what he might do that he can't do anything but stand there and think. Then Macbeth pulls himself together. He remarks to himself that if the witches' prophecies are right, he won't have to do a thing to become king. As he says, "If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me, Without my stir". This means that the thought of murdering his king has Macbeth all shaken up, but he believes he'll get over it. Banquo informs Macbeth that they're just waiting until he is ready to go. Macbeth makes the lying excuse that he was thinking about something so unimportant that he has already forgotten what it was. He says, "MY dull brain was wrought / With things forgotten". As they all start on their journey to see the King, Macbeth has a last aside to Banquo, in which he says he wants to have an honest discussion of what has happened. Banquo agrees, and they are off. ...read more.

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