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Macbeth And Lady Macbeth In Act 1

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15th October 2001 Macbeth And Lady Macbeth In Act 1 In the first act of Macbeth, we learn many different things about both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. These include how they appear to other characters on stage, and also how they are with each other and when they are by themselves. Their true feelings are also revealed in their speech, but are hidden. It shows how they feel about other characters, each other, and the happenings of the act. We learn in different ways, by their hidden messages, by their soliloquies, by their asides, and also by what other characters sat about them at different times to different people. Within the first two scenes of the play, we don't see either Macbeth or Lady Macbeth. The audience don't actually meet Lady Macbeth until Act1 Scene five in which she receives Macbeth's letter. Before we meet either of the two main characters, we hear about them in one main way. Many of the other characters that know them tell as about them in conversion to other actors, which means we begin to make an image of them before we actually see them ourselves. These reports tell us about the "innocent flower" outlook of the characters, and us hearing of them via reports initially has great advantages. ...read more.


He says: "So foul and fair a day." Having said this, Macbeth does not say much as Banquo expresses his conspicuous thoughts out loud whilst Macbeth keeps them to himself. This is a major difference between the two great friends. The most important part here though, is the prophecies. Macbeth's claim he shall be "Thane of Glamis" (of which he already is), "Thane of Cawdor" (who he believes is alive), and "King hereafter" (a surprise which shall take effect soon). Banquo's just make the situation more confusing, as they are cryptic. To both of their great surprise, as the weird sister vanish and Macbeth and Banquo ponder on whether they "have eaten on the insane root," the Thanes of Ross and Angus appear to proclaim Macbeth as the Thane of Cawdor. "Can the devil speak true?" In Macbeth's main aside, we start to see his true feelings, as he is very nervous, confused, and worried for his safety. He realises another important ploy of the whole play, that "nothing is, but what is not." This scene is of less importance; as although we find more about Macbeth's true feelings, he shows little more than he has before. But it is also obvious that he has been thinking deeply about what was prophesised to him by the witches, and has been considering about taking action in order to become King hereafter. ...read more.


It is here that Lady Macbeth very cleverly manages to convince her husband to take the chance, as she says that he will "be so much more the man" after having done this deed. "What can you and I not perform upon the sleeping Duncan?" This question challenges Macbeth into an argument in which he will result in committing "th'assassination." It is here that we see the great differences between the two characters. Lady Macbeth doesn't think her plans through thoroughly, whereas Macbeth thinks about every possible outcome before he makes a final decision. Macbeth takes things at a slower pace, whilst Lady Macbeth is making all the arrangements rapidly. Within this scene, there are not many ways in which they are similar, apart from the fact they both admit as "th'innocent flower, but the serpent under't." With the act ending here, there are a great number of possible outcomes and many different things that could happen. We know for certain that this murder shall now take place that evening, but we do not know how the supernatural is likely to have an effect in it, and anything else that could happen to Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. We do know whether Banquo's prophecies will take effect, and whether Malcolm is a step which Macbeth "shall o'erleap." ?? ?? ?? ?? GRAHAM WHITE 10TB ...read more.

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