The play opens as three witches arrange to meet Macbeth upon the Heath. They then meet Macbeth and Banquo after a battle as they were crossing the moor. The witches prophesy that Macbeth will be made Thane of Cawdor and eventually King of Scotland. They also prophesy that Banquo (a companion of Macbeth) will beget a line of Scottish Kings, although he will never be King himself. The witches vanished after the telling of their prophecies to Macbeth and Banquo and leave both men treating their prophecies sceptically until two of Duncan’s general had indeed come to congratulate Macbeth on becoming Thane of Cawdor.
Uses of time in Macbeth In the play “The Tragedy of Macbeth” by William Shakespeare the main character, Macbeth develops a struggle with his own conscience as he tries to take over the kingdom of Scotland. His attempts of gaining power begin to form or disorder in Macbeth’s mind. All through the play Macbeth’s mentality and mindset change develop, he basically went from being King Duncan’s loyal “kinsman” to his crazed murderer. Time has a very significant roll in the play; it was introduced in many forms such as effects of time on Macbeth, chronological time, and lack of order. Shakespeare strongly emphasizes the way time in itself, affects Macbeth.
As they wandered onto the heath, the three witches entered as they waited to welcome them with prophecies. Although the Banquo challenges them at first, they addressed Macbeth after all… (Coursen and Herbert 1997). The first witch summoned Macbeth as “Thane of Glamis”, second as “Thane of Cawdor” while the third one proclaimed he could be “the King in future”. Macbeth seemed to be amazed into silence as Banquo challenged them furthermore. The witches notify Banquo that he would father the line of Kings, arrive and inform Macbeth concerning his newly bestowed title.
Macbeth’s downfall begins with a series of predictions from three witches commonly known as The Weird Sisters, who ultimately state that he will become the King of Scotland. In order to fulfill the prophecy, Macbeth kills Duncan, the reigning king, with the help of his vindictive wife, Lady Macbeth. Duncan’s murder results in his two sons fleeing Scotland due to fear, and giving the throne to their cousin, Macbeth. When he was crowned, Macbeth attempts to murder many of his former friends, including the thanes Banquo, Macudff, and their families; as a survivor, Macudff avenges those who died at the hands Macbeth and kills the tyrannical ruler. Although the Weird Sisters have gained their literary fame through being the main characters in Macbeth who gave morbid and seemingly manipulative prophecies to Macbeth, their identities are truly influenced by the stereotypical qualities of witches who were depicted in Elizabethan folklore.
The three witches greet Macbeth as “Thane of Glamis”, the title he already holds, and begin to tell the two nobles of things to come, and prophesies that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor, and then King of Scotland. These prophecies changed Macbeth’s behaviour as the second prophecy came true when he became Thane of Cawdor. “Why do you dress me in borrowed robes” emphasises how he is getting arrogant and feels that people should be running after him as he is now Thane of Cawdor.“Two truths are told, as happy prologues to the swelling act…” obviously relating to the first two prophecies the witches made. He now asks Banquo, aside, whether or not he believes the witches now that Macbeth’s second prophecy has come true. Banquo says he is wary and that he really doesn’t want anything to do with these witches, but he will merely sit back and let the prophecies run their course.
Rashmitha Rapuri Mr. Morano ENG 2DB-03 June 5th, 2015 Macbeth Act 2 Modernization Rationale The Shakespearean play Macbeth, explores many genres and themes to many audience’s interests. It carries a sense of comedy, tragedy and supernaturalism. Macbeth is a play of contradiction and the power of being a king which the protagonist, Macbeth, is striving for. In the beginning of the play, Shakespeare highlights Macbeth’s gracious qualities such as bravery, modesty and loyalty. However, these qualities turn into greed, apathy and self-indulgence soon after Macbeth takes fate into his own hands, guided by his wife and the three weird sisters.
And the third witch greets him as “King of Scotland,” yet another title he does not hold. (Act 1 sc.3 page 17) First Witch “All hail Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Glamis” Second Witch “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor!” Third Witch “ All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!” Macbeth then begins to consider the possibilities of becoming Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland. He awakens his ambition and starts believing that the witches have told him his future, as if it was destined to be as they said.
Macbeth is a great example of this. Macbeth shows how ambition can be a good thing, or a bad thing. Macbeth’s loyalty and ambition leads him to becoming the thane of cordowr. But Macbeth remembers the prophesies of the witches, and debates on how I become king. He talks it over with his wife, and is pressured onto killing Duncan.
The witches were the driving force of Macbeth’s guilty ambition and were the prophecies that would play on his mind continually. “All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter,” (Act One, Scene 3, Line 53). Following this, readers are introduced to Lady Macbeth, another character that encounters an ambitious discourse. The audience witnesses Lady Macbeth and Macbeth’s ambitious discourse being ruined when they conclude that the only way to be on the throne is to commit the murder of the loyal King Duncan. The murderous actions of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth lead to their guilty ambition influencing each other to commit deeds that would not only ruin their clean conscience, but also their cultural assumptions.
The Importance of the Supernatural in Macbeth Macbeth is deeply influenced by the supernatural occurrences in this playwright. One of the first signs of the supernatural is the three witches that serve as foretellers for Macbeth’s future. Following the witches, there is the ghost of Banquo who completely took Macbeth away from reality and made other people think Macbeth was not well and that he was having hallucinations. The hallucinations or supernatural occurrences such as the ghost may have been caused by the guilt of killing his best friend. The following supernatural occurrence that plays an important role in Macbeth is the floating dagger that leads Macbeth into killing Duncan.