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Macbeth Personal Notes: Act 1 Scene 2

Macbeth Personal Notes: Act 1 Scene 2 Setting: The scene is set in a camp near Forres "As seemeth by his plight" An injured sergeant is standing in front of the King Duncan. Duncan asks from his servants who the bleeding man is and concludes from his condition that he is in condition to report the latest developments of the revolt. "Who like a good and hardy soldier fought 'gainst my captivity" Malcolm, the elder son of the king, answers his father and tells him that the bleeding man is a sergeant, who fought to prevent him from being taken as a war prisoner.  "Doubtful it stood" The battlefield stood doubtful. It was difficult to say which side was winning as the soldiers from both sides were tired and as two swimmers who were exhausted holds onto each other so that neither can swim, the soldiers held each other making it impossible for either of them to win. Macdonwald => the name of the rebel. "Worthy to be a rebel" Macdonwald is worthy

Macbeth Personal Notes: Act 1 Scene 1

Macbeth Personal Notes: Act 1 Scene 1 Setting: A desert place The scene takes pace in a baron wasteland which is the most suitable place for the witches and evil entities to meet and conceive plans for their mischiefs. The place is isolated therefore it is not interfered by the humans. Thunder and lightening The witches meeting in a foul weather shows that how different they are from the normal people as they would stay inside their home and not come out. The corrupt weathers and their desire to meet only in this kind of weather shows their evil nature and evil soul. Symbolically, it also gives us hint of the moral upheaval in the heart and mind of the story's protagonist, Macbeth. "When shall we three meet again In thunder, lightning, or in rain?" The witches prefer this kind of weather. "When the hurlyburly's done, when the battle's lost and won" Literally meaning, when the confusion of the battle and the mayhem is over. Symbolically, when the battle i

Macbeth Personal Notes: Introduction

Macbeth Personal Notes: Introduction   Introduction Macbeth, full title "The Tragedie of Macbeth" is a tragedy play by William Shakespeare. It is believed to be first performed in 1606. The story revolves around a brave Scottish military general named Macbeth and his over-ambitious character. Three witches prophesize that Macbeth will be hailed as Thane of Cawdor and the King hereafter. First Macbeth was startled, but upon receiving the news from two messengers that the previous Thane has been executed for treasons and his title is conferred upon Macbeth for his heroic deeds in the battle, Macbeth begins dreaming about ways he will become the King.   The theme of the play is the will to acquire power, supernatural and evil, and loyalty. Macbeth is one of the shortest Shakespearean tragedies and also one of the first play that ventures this deep into evil realm. The main character of the play are: King Duncan, who is the King of Scotland Malcolm, eldest son of Duncan Donalbain