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Macbeth Act 1

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Vanessa Andrade

on 16 October 2014

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Transcript of Macbeth Act 1

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"Fair is foul and foul is fair."
Act 1, Scene 1, Line 10: This is a metaphor that explains the situation that which Macbeth is in and, also some that are outside of Scotland. All the places that is good and just has been taken by all evil and sinister things. Later on we find out that Macbeth is evil and takes out whoever is in his way, such is the venerable king Duncan.

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In the 4Th grade star football player Colin Kaepernick wrote a letter to himself predicting that he would become a pro football player. He also predicted that he would play for the San Francisco 49ers. This connects to the aspects of act 1 because of the prophesies made by the three witches. Both of these predictions are ambitious and improbable.

Ambition leads to unjust deeds.
In act 1, Macbeth has the desire to be king and has thought out a plan to obtain the title by killing king Duncan. Lady Macbeth has received a letter from Macbeth about his plan and explains to her why he is going to kill Duncan. Her thoughts are reflected and she says "Thou wouldst be great Art not without ambition, but without The illness that should attend it." Explaining that the desire to be great or to obtain the title of king doesn't have to have involve wicked or cruel deeds and can always be great without them.

Key Quotations
Discussion Questions

"look like th'innocent flower, but be the serpent under't."(I.vi.64-65)(Speaker: Lady Macbeth) The importance in this quote is that Lady Macbeth wants Macbeth to hide his evil side so no one can see the treason he will later commit
"Stars, hide your fires, Let not light see my black and deep disires."(I.v.50-51) (Speaker: Macbeth) This quote shows that Macbeth will kill to become the king.
"All hail Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter"(I.iii.49)(Speaker: Third Witch) This is the prophecy that makes Macbeth kill King Duncan.
If the three witches didn't reveal the prophecies to Macbeth, do you think he would've still fought as hard to become King?
If it hadn't been for Lady Macbeth's constant persuasion, do you think Macbeth would've commit to killing Duncan?
Was Macbeth's goal to become King made easier when he was declared Thane of Cawdor?
Could Macbeth have accommodated the title of King without killing Duncan?
Who do you think is worse? Macbeth for killing or Lady Macbeth for making him kill?
I won the battle, this is a victorious day for me!
How could thane of Cawdor betray me and his people! This is treason he will pay for this by being executed! So now that Macbeth has proven himself he will be the new thane of Cawdor.
All Witches
All hail Macbeth Thane of Cawdor and future king. All hail Banquo the father of kings.
Lady Macbeth
My husband will be king, he needs to kill Duncan in order to be king. Well if he isn't to little of a man to do so.
My wife is right I need to kill Duncan!
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Character Development
Macbeth: Macbeth is a Scottish general and the thane of Glamis who is led to wicked thoughts by the prophecies of the three witches, especially after their prophecy that he will be made than of Cawdor comes true. Macbeth is a brave soldier and powerful man but is not virtuous one. He is easily tempted into murder to fulfill his ambitions to the throne.

Lady Macbeth: Macbeth's wife, a deeply ambitious woman who lusts for power and position. Early in the play she seems to be the stronger and more ruthless of the two, as she urges her husband to kill Duncan and seize the crown.
Three witches: Three "black and midnight hags" who plot mischief against Macbeth using prophecies.

Banquo: The brave, noble general whose children, according to the witches prophecy, will inherit the Scottish throne. Like Macbeth, Banquo thinks ambitious thoughts, but he does not translate those thoughts into actions. In a sense, Banquo's character stands as a rebuke to Macbeth, since he represents the path Macbeth chose not to take: a path in which ambition need not lead to betrayal and murder.
King Duncan: The good Kind of Scotland whom Macbeth, in his ambition for the crown, murders. Duncan is the model of a virtuous, and farsighted ruler.

Malcolm: The son of Duncan, whose restoration to the throne signals Scotland's return to order following Macbeth's reign of terror. Malcolm becomes a serious challenge to Macbeth with Macduff's aid (and the support of England).

Lennox and Ross: Scottish noblemen.
"Like valor's minion carved out his passage
Till he faced the slave."
Act 1, Scene 1, Line 19: A metaphor which says Macbeth is a "valor's minion," or in other words a brave warrior. This is dramatic irony to a hint of what Macbeth's character will become because although he is called a brave warrior we are given a different impression as seeing him as a minion of violence.

"And oftentimes, to win us to our harm
The instruments of darkness tell us truth."
Act 1, Scene 3, Lines 123-124: Banquo is comparing the three witches as "instruments of darkness" this revels that they are truly awful and foul creatures.
Banquo is also implying that the prophecies that the three witches tell him and Macbeth will bring a evil downfall on Macbeth later on in the story. Macbeth listens to the weird sisters which allows him to be an "instrument of darkness" as well.

"Hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been
So clear in his great office, that his virtues
Will plead like angels, trumpet-tongued."
Act 1, Scene 7, Lines 18-20: In this scene Macbeth is talking to himself about King Duncan and comparing Duncan's virtues as angels. Which then implies that Macbeth has no virtues at all, this is because of the insane mind he has on the inside and the murderous actions he does throughout the play.
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