At this rate, the play will be over before lunch. The Thanes of and Angus enter with the news that the Thane of Cawdor has sided with Norway. Ross leaves to deliver the news to Macbeth. The promotion seems to support the prophecy. Her violent, blistering soliloquies in Act 1, scenes 5 and 7, testify to her strength of will, which completely eclipses that of her husband.
They're fine with taking a chance on eternal damnation. The captain also sees Lady Luck with him. But Hecate mocks him and the witches vanish. He has just arrived from Scotland, and tells Macduff that his wife and children are well. Macbeth admits his fear of failure and his wife says, if we fail so be it, but show back bone! Macbeth is astonished by her cruelty but resigns to follow through with her plans. Just as their words are confusing, it is unclear as to whether the witches merely predict or actually effect the future. Lady Macbeth enters and berates her husband when he tells her he no longer wants to go through with the murder.
Macbeth Act 1 contains seven scenes. Enter Duncan, Malcolm, Donalbain, lennox with their attendants meeting with a bloody Sergent. He faces the fact that there is no reason to kill the king other than his own ambition, which he realizes is an unreliable guide. Banquo is murdered, but Fleance escapes. A key component in this first act is the development of the characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Banquo and Macbeth discuss this strange occurrence but they are interrupted by the arrival of Ross and Angus. The discussion between the witches here is quite revealing about their characters.
The murderers kill Banquo, who dies urging his son to flee and to avenge his death. So much for the phony king of Scotland. Banquo says he will, of course, do whatever Macbeth asks. Act 1, Scene 4 Duncan demands to know whether the former Thane of Cawdor has been executed. Enter Lady Macbeth Duncan thanks Lady Macbeth for her hospitality and welcome and Lady Macbeth welcomes him in.
The corruption of nature is a theme that surfaces and resurfaces in the same act. The king literally owes him more than he can ever repay. Act 2, Scene 2 Lady Macbeth waits fitfully for Macbeth to return from killing Duncan. Macbeth implores the witches to explain what they meant by calling him thane of Cawdor, but they vanish into thin air. GradeSaver, 23 June 2008 Web.
Their lives are pretty bad anyway. Ross tells Macbeth that the king has made him thane of Cawdor, as the former thane is to be executed for treason. The captain tells them of the state of the battle against the invading Norwegians and the Scottish rebels Macdonald and the Thane of Cawdor. Continuing to gaze upon the dagger, he thinks he sees blood on the blade, then abruptly decides that the vision is just a manifestation of his unease over killing Duncan. He muses on the subject of Banquo, reflecting that his old friend is the only man in Scotland whom he fears.
He tells them to go see for themselves and calls to the servants to ring the alarm bell. The next thing we know, a guy named Ross shows up to say that, since the old Thane of Cawdor turned out to be a traitor and is about to have his head lopped off and displayed on a pike, Macbeth gets to take his place as Thane of Cawdor. This is how Lady Macbeth responded:. Macbeth is, of course, puzzled by this, not knowing why they would greet him by another man's title. The development of these characters, as well as the concepts of masculinity and femininity, will be further developed throughout the play. If the first prophecy came true, Banquo thinks, feeling the stirring of ambition, why not the second? The third says, their meet will happen before the sunset. Encouraged by his wife, Macbeth kills the king, becomes the new king, and kills more people out of paranoia.
Unlike other Shakespearean villains like Iago or , Macbeth is not entirely committed to his evil actions. Malcolm declares peace and goes to Scone to be crowned king. Macbeth's wife, Lady Macbeth, has received a letter from her husband, detailing his encounter with the witches. The intentional ambiguity of terms is what we see in the prophesies of the Weird Sisters. Duncan thanks the two generals profusely for their heroism in the battle, and they profess their loyalty and gratitude toward Duncan.
The witches also declare that Macbeth will be king one day. At this point, Lady Macbeth feigns shock and faints. Macbeth is named king and things are gravy. This is some clear foreshadowing, or a hint of what is to come, because it shows how Duncan is overly trusting. However, the witches then hail him as Thane of Cawdor. At this time, Duncan publically declares Malcolm to be his heir. Scene 4 enter Duncan Malcolm Donalbain, Lennox, Duncan and attendants The king asks if Cawdor has been executed.