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Macbeth - The first scene in Act 1 is very short, but full of impact.

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By YAN REN 11ML Macbeth Coursework The first scene in Act 1 is very short, but full of impact. The thunder and lightening alone give it a dramatic opening, which grabs the interest of the audience, as it is representative of evil and mysterious. These dramatic sound effects help to set the eerie and supernatural atmosphere that Shakespeare wanted to create along with the witches. Instead of seeing Macbeth, audiences are faced with three weird-looking women. The witches introduce us to a dark, dangerous play, in which the theme of evil is central. The witches say little but we learn a lot about them. The presence of supernatural forces in the opening of Macbeth provides for much of the mounting suspense. 'When shall we three meet again? In thunder, lightening, or rain?' this opening line immediately draws the audience and capture their imagination, as the supernatural world still fascinates people even today The use of the paranormal occurs at the beginning, with three witches explaining that they will meet Macbeth. 'When the battle's lost and won.' The audiences have yet to find out what the battle is, however they know that the battle is won by one side and lost by another. ...read more.


This creates a bleak and mystical atmosphere, together with suspicion as to why they are using their magical power. The language in Act 1 reflects on the fact that Macbeth is a dark play about evil, death, murder and ambition. And because our human nature most of the audience will be attracted to these subjects and will be curious to see what will happen next and what will comes out at the end. The witch's language manages to reveal their personalities as sinister, mysterious and untrustworthy. Although the first scene is exceptionally short, it manages to tell the audience that the witches will meet again 'When the hurly burly's done', after the battle, on a heath, and there they will confront Macbeth. It has been written many times that Macbeth was converted from its original form to please King James I. It is suggested that Shakespeare altered certain themes and characters before the first public performance and things were even added during a special performance at the King's Court. James Stuart was already King James VI of Scotland when Queen Elizabeth's death made him James I of England as well. ...read more.


Back to when the play is first showed in public, women are seen as a weak, virtuous and only capable of doing house duties. However in this play Lady Macbeth actually wants to become a man, this would certainly shock many audiences. The character of Lady Macbeth is shown as a bit freakish and twisted, audience would be desperate to see what happens next and what she will turn out to be at the end and most importantly what effects she could have on her husband Macbeth. From the first act, audience already get the sense that this play is going to be a very dark and ruthless tragic. In Act 1 Shakespeare had already introduced many characters in the play and give audience a basic idea of what they are like just enough to grab their attention but yet haven't completely reveal everything, created a sense of mystery and built a curios atmosphere among the audience. In scene 4 and 5, Shakespeare started to focus on the true natures of the characters. He deliberately put Banqou in the first Act to flattering the King. He uses the three evil witches to grab audiences. The first Act is vital to the whole play. It sums up the atmosphere of the play -- dark, mysterious and a sense of evil. ...read more.

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