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What atmosphere is created in the opening scene of the play? What is the effect?

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Macbeth Act 1 What atmosphere is created in the opening scene of the play? What is the effect? The atmosphere created in the opening scene of the play portrays a supernatural theme. The stage directions indicate that the play begins with a storm, and supernatural forces immediately appear in the form of the three witches. This first scene establishes the dark mood that goes through the entire play. Explain the meaning of the witches' line "fair is foul, and foul is fair". Throughout the play Shakespeare uses a lot of contradicting lines to characterise the three witches. The witches describe Macbeth "fair is foul, ad foul is fair" through that famous quote. What this means is that our first impression of Macbeth is of a brave and capable warrior. This perspective is complicated, however, once we see Macbeth interact with the three witches, we realize that his physical courage is joined by a consuming ambition to learn more about the Prophecy told to him by the three witches. ...read more.


Describe the different reactions of Macbeth and of Banquo towards the witches' prophecies. What conclusions can we make of about these two characters? When Macbeth and Banquo hear about the prophecies of the witches both minds are set off in different ways. For Macbeth, he is interested in what the witches are saying about him becoming King of Scotland. However for Banquo when he is told that he will father a line of Kings, he merely just ignores what they say. The conclusions we can make of the two characters is that both men have different sets of values and beliefs. How do we begin to see Macbeth's character change in Act 1 Our initial impression of Macbeth, based on the captain's report of his commendable duties in battle, is immediately complicated by Macbeth's obvious fixation upon the witches' prophecy. Macbeth is a noble and courageous warrior but his reaction to the witches' prophecies emphasizes his great desire for power and prestige. ...read more.


Macbeth is not a good man at this point in the play, but he is not yet an evil one. He is tempted by his want for power, and he tries to resist temptation. Macbeth's resistance, however, is not enough to stand up to his wife's ability to manipulate him. What effect does lady Macbeth have on Macbeth's Decision in the end of Act 1? How does she convince him to go through with the murder? She persuades Macbeth to murdering Duncan by disregarding his rational, moral arguments and challenging his manhood. "When you durst do it, then you were a man; And to be much more than what you were, you would be so much more than a man." Basically, she dares him to commit the murder otherwise you would not be worthy a man. And that if Macbeth would go through with the murder he would be come "so much more than a man" meaning that he would become King which, in accordance to the Great chain of being, is the highest a man's social status reach. ...read more.

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