- Created by: WillowPearson02
- Created on: 06-05-19 13:02
Act 1 Scene 1
"When shall we three meet again? In thunder, lightning or in rain?" - The Witches
Pathetic Fallacy -
- immediately establishes a sense of suspense and supernatural. The audience is taken into a world of darkness and evil. Suggests that chaos is about to unfold.
- the witches use rhyme throughout the play which brings a sense of incantation and magical charm. It shows the audience how inhumane and confusing the witches are.
"When the battle's lost and won" - The Witches
- this phrase seems to be impossible and only understandable to the witches. This creates a sense of confusion and upsets the natural order of things.
Act 1 Scene 2
"What bloody man is that?" - Duncan
The first thing we hear Duncan say - introduces a theme of bloodshed and brutality from the start of the play, creating a strong gothic element.
- "Blood" is used as a motif throughout the play. The fact that Duncan's introduces this theme of bloodshed could be ironic as later on in the play, he is a bloody man himself - a murder victim.
"What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won" - Duncan
- Duncan echoes the speech of the witches from Scene 1, immediately linking Macbeth with the witches and the supernatural. This engages the reader.
- Duncan calls Macbeth "noble", which is ironic later on as Macbeth betrays Duncan and kills him, show he is disloyal and untrustworthy.
Act 1 Scene 3
"So foul and fair a day I have not seen" - Macbeth
These words instantly introduce us to the theme of appearance vs reality, that things aren't always as they seem. This is a reoccurring theme throughout the play and is set up here to foreshadow that Macbeth will be confronted with these situations throughout the play.
- Macbeth's first words in the play echo the paradoxical speech of the Witches, further linking Macbeth to the supernatural.
- Although, Macbeth's meaning of these juxtaposing ideas is different from the witches; Macbeth believes the two are contrasting, whereas, in the witches' speech, they believe the words to be equal.
Act 1 Scene 4
"He was a gentleman on whom I built an absolute trust" - Duncan
"Stars, hide your fires, let not light see my black and deep desires" - Macbeth