English Language: Shakespeare: Macbeth (CA)
A major conflict in Macbeth is the struggle between his ambition and his sense of right and wrong. Explore how conflict arises in Macbeth after the first prophecy proves true particular reference to Act 1 and act 2 Macbeth is a famous play by William Shakespeare known for its violence. The story begins as one of a loyal and honorable hero of Scotland. However, Macbeth's character changes gradually during the play. A powerful ambition for power caused him to make sinister decisions that created for him only despair, guilt, and madness. At the end of the play he was no longer honorable and, instead, a tyrant. The witches play a key role in Macbeth; weird sisters are given the power to influence the behavior of others. In Shakespeare times the Convicted witches were regularly tortured and executed. Almost everyone believed in witches and there was hardly any opposing persecution. King James the 1st was also interested in the superstition, and he interrogated the accused witches himself. The play starts with a prologue scene given by the three witches who occasionally appear between major scenes to foreshadow or comment on events. The first scene is the witches planning to meet Macbeth. The setting of this scene is shows that they are evil; they meet on a moor in thunder and lightning. These surroundings show an evil image; the moor is a very empty place, while thunder and lightning make it even more haunting which all adds to the evil imagery. So even though the first scene has been shown, we already know there will be lots of evil in the play. The witches use rhyming sentences which contradict each other and each sentence has a lot of meaning. "Fair is foul, and foul is fair'
This quote tells us about the witches´ hatred for all things good, and their love for things that are evil. Shakespeare adds rhyme and rhythm to the witches´ language to enhance...
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