First Impressions Of Macbeth Essay

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What are your first impressions of Macbeth at the end of scene 1 act 3? Shakespeare’s Macbeth remains one of his most popular plays. Here, we have the playwright’s shortest play, but arguably the most intense, in terms of individual behavior, in terms of human relationships. We are introduced to the most powerful characters, most notably Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, which Shakespeare imbues in them the most profound psychology. The first impressions of Macbeth are profound, his overwhelming ambitions and abilities are introduced, and these characteristics are proven to later be fatal, like so many tragic heroes before him. Macbeth is introduced in the play as a warrior hero, whose fame and valor on the battlefield wins him great honor from the king. Essentially, however, he is a human being whose private ambitions are made quite…show more content…
However, Shakespeare contrasts their responses to this. Banquo is aware of the possibility that the prophecies may have been the work of supernatural forces, “what? Can the Devil speak true?”. Macbeth, however is more ambiguous, he is full of questioning and seeking to justify. “This super natural soliciting cannot be ill/ cannot be good”. Nevertheless, Macbeth cannot reconcile the fact of the truth of the first prophecy with his intense and full forced fear, his “horrible imaginings”. The line “Nothing is, but what is not” is very ambiguous. Thus, this could indicate confusion between the world we think of as real and his confused mind. Macbeth is capable of arguing that the prophecies are neither evil or good. This interpretation could open Macbeth to dangerous deeds. Further, in this scene, Macbeth feels becoming closer to his ambition, and with this, comes great consequence. Although full of fear, his ambition is beginning to take over him, “Murder yet is but fantastical”, he has already imagined himself killing
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