How Does Shakespeare Present the Characters Macbeth and Lady Macbeth?

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How does Shakespeare present the characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in Act 1? Macbeth is a dramatic play which tells the story of the downfall of a ‘Nobleman’ who becomes a ‘tyrant’. In Act one Shakespeare introduces the characters Macbeth and Lady Macbeth using a range of dramatic devices. At the start of the play Macbeth is introduced from two different perspectives. He is firstly introduced by the three witches whom are discussing a meeting with him ‘There to meet with Macbeth’. This scene would create immense tension for the audience as the presence of the witches in the play would indicate a series of evil and sinister events occurring later on in the play. King James I was also afraid of witches so this scene would tense the…show more content…
Macbeth then asks Banquo that if his prophecies are coming true that ‘Do you not hope your children shall be kings,’ and Banquo replies ‘And oftentimes, to win us to our harm, The instruments of darkness tell us truths;’ This shows the audience that Banquo believes that the witches are telling them simple truths to deceive them and influence them to the path of evil. It also gives the audience the impression that Macbeth is hungry for power and fortune and is willing to take evil routes. In this part of the scene Shakespeare uses stage craft to create suspense. Macbeth moves ‘Aside’ when he refers to the witches so the audience can hear his thoughts. Act 1 Scene 4 King Duncan receives Macbeth and Banquo with appreciation for their achievements towards the success if the battle. King Duncan announces that his eldest son Malcolm would inherit the throne from him and be called King of Scotland after him ‘Our eldest, Malcolm, whom we name hereafter The Prince of Cumberland’. This would leave the audience and Macbeth in confusion as the witches Prophesized that Macbeth would become king and King Duncan had just stated that his son will inherit the throne after him. It would also leave them questioning how Macbeth will claim this title as it is his desire to become king. At this point Macbeth would become even more ambitious to become king as he has been told
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