My impressions of Lady Macbeth are that she is very controlling, she is ruthless and ambitious. Lady Macbeth is clearly the power partner in the marriage, and looks like she is determined to force him to do whatever is necessary to assure their ascent to power. Shakespeare sets the scene with the witches, who are obviously supernatural in their forces, and demonstrate their ability to see the future. This sets the play as being one in which characters and their destinies are shaped by supernatural powers. The weather reflects the ambition, the confusion, and the evilness of the characters in the remaining of the act.
The witches’ prophecies act as a temptation for him because he wants to become king as the prophesied, but can’t wait for it to happen on its own. Therefore, this tempts him into taking things into his own hands, and manipulating the situation so he can become the king, by killing whoever get’s in the way of the prophecy coming true. The paradox is saying that Banquo will be lesser than Macbeth because Macbeth will be the king and Banquo will not. But, Banquo will be greater than Macbeth because he will remain honourable, whereas Macbeth will commit treason and murder in order to obtain the throne.
Banquo’s reaction to the witches was that he was very distrusting of the witches and was very confused of who and what they were and why they were saying all those prophecies. In the other hand, Macbeth was easily persuaded by the witches, he rapidly believed what they were saying, which shows that he can be easily pursued. Macbeth is clearly excited to hear the prophecy about becoming king, but he doesn't know how it could possibly become true. The conflict arises of how he will become the king. He knows that he is, at best, third in line to the throne behind Duncan’s son. Therefore, the resolution to this conflict is to murder anyone that will get in the way of ...
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