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What Is The Significance Of Act 1 Scene 7 To The Rest Of The Play?

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What Is The Significance Of Act 1 Scene 7 To The Rest Of The Play This essay is going to answer the question, 'what is the significance of act one scene seven to the rest of the play'. The essay will do this by stating the history of Macbeth to show what inspired Shakespeare to write the play. It will comment on the real life Macbeth and his background. There will be comparison of the real Macbeth to Shakespeare's fictitious Macbeth. It will give reference to Macbeth's indecision of whether to kill his King or not. It will explore Macbeth's motivation and why he did kill Duncan. We will see how important the women's role in the play is, including a section on Lady Macbeth's language of persuasion. The film and media coverage of the play will be elaborated and explained, with reference to the lighting and plot of the banquet thrown in the middle of the scene. Sir William Shakespeare first wrote Macbeth in 1606 for an audience of around 500 people in the Globe theatre. One of the most important people it would be played or performed to was king James the 1st (6th of Scotland). King James was a firm believer in witchcraft. He wrote his own version of the bible. The events of the time were drastically extravagant. One of the most memorable happenings of the period was the Gun Powder Plot. ...read more.


"With the surcease, success: that but this blow might be the be-all, and the end-all"(A1S7 lines 4,5). He is thinking of two things, Retribution in this life, and eternal damnation in the next life. We can see this in act one scene seven line twenty, we see how Macbeth worries about what the people close to Duncan will do. He worries for what will happen to them and how their losses will affect them and how they will react if they find out the truth. There are a number of ways to motivate a man, Wealth/ Money, Sex and love and respect. Every thing else can be associated with these three groups. Macbeth has all three of these. His wealth and money are shown in his home, the castle he lives in. Sex and love from his wife and respect from the people around him, as we see from the three witches, "Hail to thee, thane of Cordor" etc. The one problem in Macbeth's life is that he is greedy. He always wants more; he wants it all. Lady Macbeth plays a large part in the play. Although Macbeth had partially decided to murder Duncan, when he got a second thought and tried to back out by saying "we will go no further with this business, he hath honoured me of late, and I have bought golden opinion from all sorts of people, which would be worn now in their newest gloss, not cast aside so soon"(A1S7 lines 35-39). ...read more.


In polanski's version Lady Macbeth and Macbeth discuss their plot of evil above a happy banquet. This comparison gives a conflict of emotion. Where the reader is seeing the happy people and the plotting Macbeth's, they follow the main character, Macbeth, although he is 'the bad guy'. This confuses the reader and stops them from picking a side in the plot. They must remain neutral to be on the winning side, which is everyone's aim in a play. This scene is highly important to the rest of the play as two major occurrences take place. The first and the most important is the plot of murder. This is the introduction of the tragedy plot to the play. The second is lady Macbeth filling the role of the witches. She seems evil and bent and in this scene turns the audience against herself. In this essay the structure of the play and how it was written has been explained. It has said what inspired Shakespeare to write the play. There has been insight into the more modern aspects of the play for instance the lighting of the Roman Polanski version of Macbeth. There has been elaboration on the real Macbeth in comparison with Shakespeare's Macbeth. Modern views and ideas have changed since the sixteen hundreds, this has been explicated. There has been a view on the language of the scene and how lady Macbeth uses persuasion put across. There was also an answer to the question 'what is the significance of this scene to the rest of the play'. ...read more.

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