Macbeth Commentary: Act I, 115-155 Analytical Essay

Macbeth Commentary: Act I, 115-155
An analysis of Act 1, lines 115-155, of Shakespeare's "Macbeth".
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Published on Dec 19, 2011 in Drama and Theater (English) , Literature (English) , Shakespeare (MacBeth)

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This Macbeth commentary focuses on the interpretation of Act 1, lines 115-155, and offers a discussion of the literary devices used by Shakespeare. The paper highlights the themes present in the passage and notes that this scene was not as visual as the previous one; it seemed more focused on the characterization of Macbeth and Banquo and progress of the play. It was more inclined towards the attitudes Macbeth and Banquo seem to have towards the prophecies and their fulfillment.

From the Paper:

"This part of Macbeth is a continuation of the events that occur after Macbeth and Banquo encounter the witches. The witches lure Banquo and Macbeth by telling them a series of prophecies which will or might occur. These lines come just after Ross informs Macbeth that he has become the Thane of Cawdor, thus fulfilling one of the prophecies the witches told Macbeth earlier in the play. The following lines depict Macbeth's reaction to the news and how he starts to believe that they might actually be true. The lines also serve as a comparison of Banquo's and Macbeth's characters. These lines show that Banquo has a stronger character and doesn't believe the witches but it also shows the extent of the friendship between Banquo and Macbeth. The lines begin with Angus telling Macbeth that even though the Thane of Cawdor still lives, but the Thane of Cawdor has betrayed his country and since "treasons capital" Duncan has "overthrown him". With the end of Angus' speech the reader finds out that Macbeth has become the rightful Thane of Cawdor purely by chance. This seems to both shock and intrigue Macbeth, it's as though the prospect of becoming king greatly pleases Macbeth. Macbeth is unable to hide his excitement, and in his aside tells the audience that "The greatest is behind" and yet to come."

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