Development of Plot, Theme and Characters in Macbeth by William Shakespeare

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In just one of his major scenes, Shakespeare has been able to successfully develop the plot, the main theme and the characters.
Act I Scene III has a huge impact on plot development, especially towards the main characters like Macbeth and Banquo. Firstly, it foreshadows the future of the play and gives audience a feeling of curiosity towards the thought of prophecies coming true or not- especially when one has came true. The witches’ prophecies about Banquo are “Lesser than Macbeth, and greater./ Not so happy, yet much happier./ Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none” (I, iii, 65-68). It is Macbeth and Banquo’s first time meeting the weird sisters, but they’ve already started to receive odd prophecies about their own future. Secondly, this scene foreshadows Macbeth’s possible negative actions in the future. In his aside, he said “My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical,/ Shakes so my single state of man that function/ Is smother’d in surmise, and nothing is,/ But what is not” (I, iii, 139- 142). Macbeth is already starting to imagine about murder- something he has not dared to think about before. Furthermore, this scene creates a revelation of the relationship between Banquo and Macbeth. They are the only ones in the play who know about the witches’ prophecies, and that one of the prophecies came true. How will each of these two characters…
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