How does Shakespeare present Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in Act 1?
In Act one Shakespeare introduces the characters Macbeth and Lady Macbeth using a range of dramatic devices. At the start of the play Macbeth is introduced from two different perspectives. He is firstly introduced by the three witches whom are discussing a meeting with him ‘There to meet with Macbeth’. This scene would create immense tension for the audience as the presence of the witches in the play would indicate a series of evil and sinister events occurring later on in the play which is a technique called foreshadowing. This implies that the main character Macbeth is going to be a character which becomes influenced by evil forces. The first scene is set in a battlefield which creates an eerie atmosphere as it links to the prospect of death and danger. The mood of the play is set in the first scene creating suspense and curiosity for the audience. In comparison, in Act 1, Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth as a very ambitious, manipulative woman. We first meet her in Act one, Scene 5, when she is alone, reading a letter from her husband. This is called a soliloquy.
Macbeth is then introduced again in the play by the Captain, whom is talking to King Duncan, in Act 1 Scene 2 as ‘Brave Macbeth’. We are told that ‘His brandish’d steel smok’d with bloody execution.’ This gives the audience another impression about Macbeth that he is a respected man as he is being talked about by the king. Macbeth is also talked about by Ross who describes him as ‘Bellona’s bridegroom, lapp’d in proof,’ looking like the Roman Goddess of war’s husband, covered in strong armour. Shakespeare uses roman beliefs to introduce Macbeth as a brave and successful warrior as he is being called the Roman Goddess of wars husband.
Macbeth is quite taken aback by the weird sisters. Initially there is a sense that Macbeth does not take these hags seriously but when they begin listing off his promotions, Macbeth is all...
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