Macbeth Act 1

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Act One 1. In Act I, Scene i, Shakespeare introduces the setting and main theme of the play in just twelve lines. Discuss how he achieves this. The play opens with the witches, and sets the theme with thunder and lightning. This is a form of prophetic phallacy, the tone or theme of the play is reflected by the weather, in this case thunder and lightning. On the 11th line “Fair is foul, and foul is fair” this is one of the main themes of the play. It means that what appears to be fair or good is actually foul or bad and what appears to be foul is actually fair. 2. Discuss how the characters of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, and Duncan are established in Act I by using textual evidence to support your points. Macbeth: “return to plague the inventor” Macbeth is a person that knows what he must do but is doubtful of it. He is the war hero and got news of his promotion by the witches, who also said he would be promoted further. To make their prophecy come true he must kill Duncan. Lady Macbeth: “unsex me here, and fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full of direst cruelty” Lady Macbeth is the “true” evil. If it wasn’t for her, Macbeth wouldn’t have killed Duncan. Duncan: The father of Malcom and Donalbain with Malcom set for his throne. He gets killed by Macbeth. 3. Identify the various internal and external influences which affect Macbeth’s character in Act I. There are quite a few things that Macbeth’s character is influenced by: firstly, by the witches; they are the ones that have started the thoughts about the murder. His wife, Lady Macbeth was one of the major influences, if it wasn’t for her, she wouldn’t have killed Duncan. 4. Choose ONE of the following quotations and identify the speaker, audience, context, and significance: a. This supernatural soliciting Cannot be ill, cannot be good; if ill, Why hath it given me earnest of success, Commencing in a

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