How the First Three Scenes Foretell the Tragedy of Macbeth

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How the First Three Scenes Foretell the Tragedy of Macbeth Good versus evil, this is a theme most commonly explored in many renowned literatures. Shakespeare has also used this oxymoron in his very famous as well as tragic creation called – ‘Macbeth’. Along side this theme there are other similar oxymorons explored such as natural versus unnatural, murder, treason, destiny as well as betrayal. Shakespeare has produced many other tragic tales just like ‘Macbeth’ such as ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘Tempes’t and ‘Kings Lear.' Macbeth is the male protagonist of the play. He is an honoured soldier for Scotland who fights bravely to defend his King and country but his overly ambitious desire to become King leads him to become an evil and heartless being. Macbeth’s tragic tale starts with three dramatic scenes, which will be explored in this essay, they are purposefully set by William Shakespeare to decide Macbeth’s destiny through hints and clues. The three scenes lead to Macbeth’s downfall in many ways, some will be explained and analysed in this essay. Macbeth is referred to in the very first scene of the first Act although the audience do not actually encounter Macbeth himself. The three weird witches who are considered to be evil and unnatural beings at that time introduce the play by casting a spell that sets the play in motion. The witches meet in a setting that has thunder and lightening and then decide to meet Macbeth in these similar weather conditions. The witches mention Macbeths name as they say “There to meet with Macbeth.” The witches, by saying Macbeth’s name have already decided that he will be their prey, their victim a... ... middle of paper ... ... through various hints and clues and through quotes. Exploring the text allows the audience to pick up extracts that show the beginning of Macbeth’s downfall. The three scenes are very important in, as they are there to sustain the reader’s interest as well as allow the prophecies to be made before they are fulfilled. In many plays and films it is very often that the good prevails evil. This is the case in Macbeth; however, as Macbeth is a tragic tale it shows Macbeth as both a good character and then an evil character at the end. William Shakespeare is trying to say that if you are good then you are rewarded as Macbeth becomes Thane of Cawdor but if you are evil you are punished as the original Thane of Cawdor had been. As Macbeth was listening to the agents of the Devil, he was punished by death at the end.
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