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Macbeth - Act I prepares you for the evil that follows. Agree ordisagree?

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Act I prepares you for the evil that follows. Agree or disagree? ?I agree with this statement because Macbeth is a tragedy, where all the action contributes to the central focus on Macbeth himself. "Tragedy" hints a story where a great man suffers due to his fatal flaw and dies in consequence. The framework structure of Macbeth in fact illustrates this point. It is a two-fold structure: we see the rise of Macbeth into greatness, and then we see his fall. We are introduced to this great man during Scene 1, where Macbeth is described by others as a great, worthy man. He is compared to "Valour's minion" and "Bellona's Bridgroom" who "disdains fortune." We are also introduced to evil characters like the witches and Lady Macbeth, whose contributions preface the evil that follows. ?First of all, it is in Act 1 where Macbeth meets the witches who in turn give their prophecies that lead to the initiation of corruption and disturbance. The witch scenes in the first act heighten and deepen the sense of fear and horror that pervades a tragedy. They set the atmosphere with their weirdness and represent wickedness, "Where shall we three meet again?/ in thunder, lightning or in rain?" Their evil and unnaturalness is embodied in their final couplet "Fail is foul, and foul is fair." ...read more.

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It also affected the whole country as they thought that the king represents divinity on earth. This was heightened by the fact that Duncan is such a good king. Macbeth says, "..Duncan hath born his faculties so meek". He the ideal king; honest, humble, just, and trusting. It is only after the murder is done that Macbeth realizes the complete implications of his terrible deed. When Macbeth enters the room in which his wife was waiting in, he was shattered and slightly hysterical, "Methought I heard a voice cry Sleep no more! Macbeth doth murder sleep." He is obsessed with the voices he was hearing and distressed by his inability to say "amen". He realizes that this blow will infact Not be the " be all and end all". He feels remorseful and realizes that he lost his free will as this deed will have to be followed by more in order to cover it up. ?When lady Macbeth saw the state her husband was in, she took the evil plan into her own hands and was completely focused on finishing the plans. She did what her husband did not do and said, "give me the daggers, the sleeping and the dead are but as pictures." This scene is the peak of her evil career. ...read more.

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We have come to expect that Macbeth will scheme and lie in order to gain his ambition to be king. Look at Macbeth's words: If you shall cleave to my consent when 'tis so, It shall make honour for you. [23-4] How do you interpret these words? Is Macbeth saying that, should Banquo follow his advice, he will be helping him, or is he suggesting that it would be the honourable thing to do? Do you feel that Macbeth is testing Banquo's loyalty? Banquo's response shows his morality and loyalty, his true goodness. He will not do anything that is dishonourable: ...but still keep My bosom franchised and allegiance clear. [26-7] Notice the contrast in characters: loyal and trustworthy Banquo compared to the scheming and dishonourable Macbeth. Honour - to King and country, as well as to oneself - is an important theme in this play. Banquo stands in contrast to his kinsman Macbeth. Banquo is important to the story and action of the play. He is there at the first meeting with the witches. He shares the experience with Macbeth. There is the prophesy that his sons will be kings. So both men are tempted by ambition. The difference is that Banquo will not take matters into his own hands, as does Macbeth. Banquo is suspicious of the witches and their equivocal words from the start. He warns Macbeth of their power to corrupt: ...read more.

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