Macbeth Scene Analasis

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07/10/2012 English Essay on Macbeth By Ilinca Radu What kind of dramatic world does Shakespeare create in act 1, scene 1? Macbeth is a tragedy by William Shakespeare written around 1606. The only Shakespearean drama set in Scotland, Macbeth follows the story of a Scottish nobleman (Macbeth) who hears a prophecy from three witches that he will become king of Scotland and is tempted to evil by the promise of power. Shakespeare's dramatic genius is to be noted in the art with which he manages his beginnings. The first scene of Macbeth strikes the keynote of the play. The deserted and mysterious location, the wild storm, the appearance of the witches, all help to prepare the audience for a drama in which a human soul succumbs to the supernatural suggestions of evil and ranges itself along with the witches on the devil's side. In the opening scene of the play, thunder and lightning occur when the three infamous witches show up. This suggests that the three devilish creatures bring stormy weather with them, which causes disorder in the atmosphere. Already there is an implication of supernatural powers and evilness from the witches’ behalf, since they have the power to create storms and other gloomy atmospheric disturbances. “When shall we three meet again? In thunder, lightning, or in rain?” is the opening line. The enumeration indicates that this type of dark weather accompanies the witches wherever they go. It also immediately draws the audience and captures their imagination, as the supernatural world fascinated people in Elizabethan England. The use of the paranormal also occurs at the beginning of this short, yet impactful scene, when the three witches explain that they will meet with the main character of the play, Macbeth, before sunset, “When the battle’s lost and won” (l. 4), “There to meet with Macbeth” (l. 8). This is the
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