Macbeth Act 1 Summary

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Scene I of Act I of Macbeth begins with three witches or, as they are referred to in the play on some occasions, the three weird sisters. The sisters gather round and make plans to confront Macbeth while a storm rages in the background.

Batman Returns Ost Rarest. Weather in Shakespeare plays is often notable, and this is certainly the case here. The witches, supernatural and powerful, are dangerous just as the raging storm is. One of the witches also utters a key phrase in this scene stating, 'fair is foul and foul is fair.' Basically, this idea means that good is bad and bad is good or, in other words, that nothing is exactly as it seems or as it should be.

The play takes place in Scotland. Duncan, the king of Scotland, is at war with the king of Norway. As the play opens, he learns of Macbeth's bravery in a. Macbeth Plot Summary Act 1-5 By:Jack Fry Thunder and lightining Three witches appear out of the storm They make plans to meet again upon the heath, after the battle.

Dance around the cauldron and throw in the poisoned entrails. (holding up a toad) You’ll go in first—a toad that sat under a cold. Macbeth study guide contains a biography of William Shakespeare, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary.

This is an idea that will be echoed time and time again in the play. Scene II then pans over to a recent battle between King Duncan of Scotland and a group of invaders, led by a rebel named MacDonwald. The king has also been pitted against an army from Norway, allied with the Thane of Cawdor. A captain reports having seen Macbeth and Banquo fight bravely against the rebels and, in particular, Macbeth killed the traitorous MacDonwald. As a reward, King Duncan determines to give Macbeth the title of Thane of Cawdor and sends Ross as his messenger to deliver to news to Macbeth. The following scene then shifts again, this time to a location near the battlefield, where the witches have gathered once more. The discussion between the witches here is quite revealing about their characters.

One remarks that she has been off killing swine, while another tells how she is plotting revenge on a woman's husband because the woman refused to give the witch some of the chestnuts she was snacking on. Clearly, these witches are not pleasant beings. Macbeth and Banquo stumble across these witches, commenting that they 'look not like th' inhabitants o' th' earth,' meaning they look supernatural in their appearance. The witches greet Macbeth by calling him Thane of Glamis-the title that he already holds.

However, the witches then hail him as Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth is, of course, puzzled by this, not knowing why they would greet him by another man's title. This is a key example of dramatic irony. Dramatic irony is when the audience knows something that a character does not. Here, the audience knows that Duncan is already planning to make Macbeth Thane of Cawdor, but Macbeth has no idea.

Finally, the witches hail Macbeth as future king. Laughing, Banquo demands his own fortune of them, and the witches tell Banquo he will be both greater and lesser than Macbeth because his sons shall be kings. Macbeth demands an explanation from the witches, but they disappear into thin air. Banquo and Macbeth discuss this strange occurrence but they are interrupted by the arrival of Ross and Angus.

Ross, having just come from the king, tells Macbeth that Duncan bestows upon him the title of Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth is shocked because it seems to him that the witch's prophecy has come true in part. This sets him wondering how the final part of the prophecy-Macbeth as king-might also come true. He wonders if the crown will fall to him through the nature course of circumstance or if he would have to take action to make it so. The following scene in this act takes place at Duncan's castle.