I am having trouble writing about Macbeth INITIAL impression in the beginning of the play. I'm not sure how to develop my paragraph?In the first body pararaph of my essay I am talking...

I am having trouble writing about Macbeth INITIAL impression in the beginning of the play. I'm not sure how to develop my paragraph?

In the first body pararaph of my essay I am talking about Macbeth's INITIAL IMPRESSION( i.e 'Through the sergeant's account, Macbeth is first introduced as "Brave Macbeth..."...who has fought for the king against the repelling invasion of the Norwegians....) After this sentence, 'Macbeth does not appear in the play yet the audience can expect a courageous and courteous soldier' , I am not sure what to say to DEVELOP this paragraph. I was thinking, 'Shakespeare has laid an excellent ground for the character development for Macbeth...' but I realised it was too PATRONISING, hence my dillema. What can I possibly say to develop the FIRST IMPRESSION of Macbeth and then link to the next paragraph about his CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT?

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chriseparker | College Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

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I think you have a great start by introducing the audience’s impression of Macbeth as relayed by the sergeant. This impression that Macbeth is a brave soldier, winning the day for his king, is an excellent beginning, and I like what I see of your writing so far. Remember to include also the mention of Macbeth in the very brief first scene. Here the witches indicate they will have a meeting with Macbeth. This first mention of Macbeth hints at something mysterious or sinister, even evil--certainly supernatural. What would the audience think of the witches talking about Macbeth? Something is amiss. Is the threat against Macbeth? Why do the witches expect to meet with him? Is he in danger? Is he in partnership with them? Because you also have this hint of a threatening connection between the witches and Macbeth, you can possibly develop a thesis that includes the development of a double-sided and/or complex characterization of Macbeth.

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