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Macbeth, who was once a noble, good-natured person, but falls prey to the will of the three evil and notorious witches who predicted his fate.

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Macbeth Assignment Macbeth is a famous play written by 'William Shakespeare' in 1605. The play is about a soldier called Macbeth from the Scottish Army who is the protagonist in the play and willing to anything to get power. The tragedy of Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's greatest work and supernatural and psychological thriller. It is written at the time when people believed in the superstition and witchcraft. Macbeth, who was once a noble, good-natured person, but falls prey to the will of the three evil and notorious witches who predicted his fate. The play opens with the three witches talking about evil and they said 'Fair is foul, and foul is fair' which indicates their evilness and how different they are from humans. Macbeth's first line 'So foul is fair a day I have not seen' also represents that his attitude is similar to the witches. At the beginning of the play Macbeth was first 'Thane of Glamis' and fought bravely against Norway and won the battle. When he was coming from the winning battle with his friend Banquo, they met the three witches who prophecy to Macbeth that he will become 'Thane of Cawdor' and then the King of Scotland '....Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis', '...Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor', '...shalt be king hereafter'. ...read more.

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So, Macbeth plans to kill Banquo and eventually kills him. However after kill his friend Macbeth starts to go crazy and lost control and seeing Banquo's ghost and a dagger of blood coming towards him. So, he went back to witches for help. This time he was strong and not feared of anything. The witches said 'for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth'. Macbeth becomes very happy to hear this and thought everyone is born of woman and therefore no one can kill him. However Macduff was cut from his mother's womb and Macbeth didn't know that. Macduff finds out about Macbeth being crowned king and he raised and army against him as it was obvious from him to consider that Macbeth killed King Duncan and so Macduff fought with Macbeth and eventually kills Macbeth. Throughout the play witches had the control on Macbeth and they affected his behaviour and attitude by their evil prophecies. William Shakespeare also utilizes the tactic of dramatic soliloquies in the play to allow the audience to view his characters, expressing their individual thoughts and their inner feelings. The first important soliloquy in the play shows the reaction of the character Macbeth to what three witches have told him. ...read more.

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Characters could be lowered to the stage during the play. Doors were used by the actors, leading from the stage to the tiring house (dressing rooms). Gallery of the theatre was used for action on an upper level (or if not for musicians). Inner stage was curtained area that could be opened up to show a new scene. The audience's seats and part of the stage was roofed, but much of the main stage and area in front of the stage in the centre of the circle were open to the elements. Performances took place during the day, using natural light from the open centre of the theatre. Since there could be no dramatic lighting and there was very little scenery or props, audiences relied on the actors' lines and stage directions to supply the time of day and year, the weather, the location and mood of scenes. In conclusion, witches play a dominant role in the play by persuading Macbeth to believe them and they were successful. While the witches do not directly advise Macbeth to kill King Duncan, they use difficult form of temptation when they inform Macbeth that he is destined to be king. By placing this thought in his mind, they effectively guide him on the path to his own destruction. ?? ?? ?? ?? Zeeshan Altaf ...read more.

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