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What are your first impressions of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth? Support your comments with textual references and some brief apt quotations.

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Introduction

What are your first impressions of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth? Support your comments with textual references and some brief apt quotations. The play opens on a ghostly, supernatural note with the three witches brewing a spell amidst thunder and lightning as an omen of what is to come. The incantation is not in iambic pentameter but in an archaic and enigmatic language. During this short scene, we hear Macbeth's name for the first time, and it's spoken by one of the witches. 'There to meet with Macbeth'. This indicates that they will play a momentous part in the life of Macbeth throughout the play. And they do, as Macbeth's heralds of all things good and bad, "fair and foul". Significantly, in the period in which the play was set, there were few ways one could prove his manhood; as Macbeth seems to be impotent, he feels he has to compensate on the battlefield. ...read more.

Middle

"I have begun to plant thee, and will labour/to make thee full of growing", "There if I grow/the harvest is your own". The king also uses cosmic imagery of the stars, "But signs of nobleness, like stars, shall shine..." As the king said this, Macbeth plays with these words in his aside "Stars, hide your fires/let light no see my black and deep desires." This seems to be Macbeth's attempt to conceal his real nature, staying out of the light; this sense of darkness is also a way of correlating him to the creatures of the obscure such as the three witches. Macbeth in I 5 sends a letter to his wife announcing the arrival of the king and the prophecies that had been revealed to him. It was unconventional at the time for a man to report to a woman which could be an indication to Lady Macbeth's status in the play, as Macbeth seems to submit to her will. ...read more.

Conclusion

"..bear welcome in your eye,/your hand, your tongue look like the innocent flower,/but be the serpent under't". Overall, the image of the characters portrayed in this section of the play is as follows. Macbeth is a courageous soldier, valiant and brave who seems to want no more then he has. However, his fatal flaw, ruthless ambition is triggered by the supernatural which soon takes control of him and his live creating chaos. However, Macbeth alone is too nervous to fulfil his ambition. This is where Lady Macbeth steps in as the catalyst. She comes in later, a sadistic character, dominated by thirst for power. She would try anything in order to become queen. She drive's Macbeth's ambition and pushes him over the edge to do the various deeds. Both of the characters show connections with the supernatural and both reveal a part of them that is of an inhuman nature. Soon enough, we see that these personalities obtain control over the characters and in due course prove their downfall. ...read more.

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