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Macbeth - Acts one and two.

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Jeremy Ward 4/03/04 Macbeth Act one of scene one in the play script by Shakespeare, 'Macbeth' is now known as one of the most famous scripts ever written. Written by one of the most famous play writers Shakespeare, Macbeth is a classic tale of various power struggles and greed. Macbeth, the main character is psychologically influenced by his wife, known as Lady Macbeth, to kill King Duncan so that they may benefit from royalty. Act one of scene one named 'a desert place' in the original script 'Macbeth' lays an 'emotional sheet' over the audience watching it. An emotional sheet of unease and tension caused by the effects shown on stage as thunder, lightning and the three witches entering the stage; 'Thunder and lightning. Enter three Witches' The three witches talk and chant. They vow to meet Macbeth after the battle, 'there to meet with Macbeth'. The chanting of the scene also helps to create a tense emotional state within the audience; 'First Witch when shall we three meet again, in thunder, lightning, or in rain? Second Witch When the hurlyburly's done, When the battle's lost and won.' Act one, scene two called 'a camp near Forres' describes the meeting of king Duncan, Malcolm, Donald Bain, Lennox and their attendants (taking place after the battle) ...read more.

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Lady Macbeth understands the psychology going on inside the head of Macbeth. She understands that Macbeth has weaknesses and she can use them to her advantage when influencing him. She has already discovered his main weakness is his weak personality. He feels guilty at things he should not and this could undermine him when it comes to killing Duncan. She feels that it could stop him from becoming king. Lady Macbeth gains power over Macbeth using her own ambitions of becoming 'great' to drive her. This ambition causes Macbeth to subdue his attempts to calm his wife. Also, by stating that she will kill Duncan, in a subtle way suggests to Macbeth that he does not have much to worry about. 'LADY MACBETH O, never shall sun that morrow see! Your face, my thane, is as a book where men May read strange matters. To beguile the time, Look like the time; bear welcome in your eye, Your hand, your tongue: look like the innocent flower, But be the serpent under't. He that's coming Must be provided for: and you shall put This night's great business into my dispatch; Which shall to all our nights and days to come Give solely sovereign sway and masterdom,' quoted from scene five seems to be the beginning of Lady Macbeths power struggle she is taking powered by ambition and greed. ...read more.

Conclusion

Now that she is feeling guilt because of the death of Kind Duncan, she too is starting to believe she has done wrong however she knows that at the surface she looks completely innocent. Therefore she feels that a 'warm' white heart (generally in most cultures white signifies peace) she should be wearing that of a black heart (signifying death). Throughout act and two, the main power has been on the main character of the story to keep it centered on him. Macbeth. Lady Macbeth has been the one trying to persuade and influence his ideas to use this power to go and kill King Duncan. Although Lady Macbeth may seem to have power in parts of these acts when speaking to Macbeth (i.e. Act One Scene Seven) she is merely fighting and striving to get her own way: To gain power over Macbeth so that she can be sure that her ambition will be fulfilled. I also believe that the downfall of Macbeth (once the great warrior of a battlefield, saving Scotland from defeat) to the guilt struck murderer was due to the three witches and that infact their part at the beginning scenes of the play played a large part in the actual creation of Macbeths future by the way they ceased control of the conversations with Macbeth during act one. ...read more.

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