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What is the dramatic significance of Act I, scene 1 in Macbeth? please give me atleast...

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visheshrules | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 25, 2008 at 6:42 PM via web

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What is the dramatic significance of Act I, scene 1 in Macbeth?

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luannw | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted February 25, 2008 at 7:54 PM (Answer #1)

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The opening scene of the play introduces the theme of the play and lets the audience know what to expect.  In this scene, the three Weird Sisters are conjuring.  Immediately they let the audience know that they will appear again in the play. ("When shall we three meet again"......."There to meet with Macbeth"). Next, the witches' familiars call to them, letting the audience know without a doubt that these Weird Sisters are witches.  The three end this very short scene by saying, "Fair is foul, and foul is fair;/ Hovers through the fog and filthy air." This lets the audience know that appearances will be deceiving (the antithesis in "Fair is foul...." says this).  The audience knows that truth will be obscured (the "fog"), and that bad things will happen ("...the filthy air.").  Macbeth is a play about lies, deceitful appearances, and evil among other qualities: ambitiousness, lust for power, and manipulation among those. The opening scene gets the audience hooked immediately with this spooky scene.

 

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 26, 2008 at 9:15 AM (Answer #2)

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We also learn that the play will be full of paradoxes.  "Fair is foul and foul is fair"--the witches are planning something funky, and it will be interesting to say the least to se how things will play out.  Macbeth is the hero for now, but will he be for long?  What is Banquo's purpose in this whole paradoxical play?  The battle is won for Scotland, but who loses? 

The themes and mood of the play are set here.  Macbeth has won the battle and the titles, but in the end he will lose because of his ambition.  Banquo is also hero, but not recognized or rewarded as openly and lucratively as Macbeth.  However, he is the real winner in this situation...he is not as well ranked as Macbeth, but he is happier and living a more pure and moral life. 

The witches add a touch of evil and the supernatural to the play.  We know they will be involved every step of the way.  The opening scene is paramount for setting us up for all the cool stuff that's coming...

 

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amitbose | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 19, 2008 at 10:23 PM (Answer #3)

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presence of the three witchess,why macbeth has been introduced in this scene,the way Shakespeare presents the in torduction.

 

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sparkels | Student , Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 14, 2009 at 11:54 PM (Answer #4)

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  1. In the play as a whole, people are tossed about by forces that they cannot control, and so it is in the opening scene.

1. Catch of the audience attention \interest by first intro         of witches

2. Build of a mood of morals (good/evil conflict)

3. Thunder and lightening adds to the eerie atmosphere

4. A feel of ambivalence (Ambivalence is a state of having simultaneous, conflicting feelings toward a person or thing.) because of the paradoxes.

5. Weird sisters are first introduced and they let the audience know that they will appear again in the play.

6. Landscape – barren

7. Battlefield signifies battlefield of life

8. The incantations by the witches (fair is foul..) add to the eerie atmosphere

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ayantika | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 15, 2010 at 2:48 PM (Answer #5)

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firstly to get gud marka secondly to knw d contents properly n thirdly to enhance knowledge

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smitshah95 | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 14, 2012 at 12:02 PM (Answer #6)

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i think u can't write essay type answer without reading the whole play. i will be writing on basis of whole book. Shakespeare has put witches scene in starting of the play. As witches are supernatural element which gives a great impact on viewers, witches are making prediction in the first scene of first act of the play that macbeth will win the battle and they will meet again in thunder, lighting or in rain asked by first witch after their conversation they spoke together "fair is foul and foul is fair" ---> this also predict that macbeth's rule on kingdom. later in the second scene of forth act in the play, this scene is very important and very dramatic, in this secne lady macduff says the same lines "fair is foul and foul is fair" but in different way but means same.Macbeth is a play about lies, deceitful appearances, and evil among other qualities: ambitiousness, lust for power, and manipulation among those. The opening scene gets the audience hooked immediately with this spooky scene.

 

there can be written more but no time. so please forgive and any clearence on essay and more help on macbeth can email me on smitshah95@gmail.com

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