Characters in order of appearance:
On his way from the castle, the Thane of Ross encounters an Old Man, who confirms the widespread reports of disruption in the natural world. Macduff comes into the scene and says king Duncan has been buried. He also says that his sons have fled and that the kingship has passed on to Macbeth. Notice that the prophecies mention by the witches in act 1 have been completed.
Quote by old man:
God’s benison go with you and with those
That would make good of bad and friends of foes.
Characters in order of appearance:
Morning of the following day.
Macduff is talking with a porter who says he was drinking until 3 am. Lennox says good morning to Macbeth who has entered. Lennox goes to wake the king, and come back screaming he’s dead. Macduff sees for himself. The Kings guards are blamed.
Quote from Macduff:
Ring the alarm bell. Murder and treason!
Banquo and Donalbain! Malcolm! Awake!
Shake off this downy sleep, death’s counterfeit,
And look on death itself! Up, up, and see
The great doom’s image! Malcolm! Banquo!
As from your graves rise up, and walk like sprites,
To countenance this horror! Ring the bell
Time: Sometime past Midnight
Lady Macbeth has come back to her room just after she has drugged the King Duncan’s guards. She meets Macbeth in the in the lower courtyard as he comes out of the king’s room itself, and the things he says obviously portrays his conscience because of his evil acts. Lady Macbeth critiques and criticises him. The success of their plot is also in jeopardy because Macbeth has brought the daggers with him, and he has blood all over himself. Lady Macbeth returns to the scene of the murder in order to place the daggers and to smear the king’s sleeping servants with blood, a deed that presents her with none of the horrors that now affects Macbeth. As the scene closes, we hear, with the Macbeth’s, a loud and persistent knocking at the door.
Macbeth’s Castle, Glamis.
Banquo and his son Fleance are at Macbeth’s inner court in Macbeth’s castle in Glamis. They’re both feeling a bit off. Then Macbeth enters with a servant and Banquo says that now Macbeth is Thane of Cawdor he should be relaxing because of the good news.
Macbeth is alone in one of the rooms in the castle and has second thoughts about killing King Duncan. He knows how powerful he could potentially be, but also knows the consequences of his actions if he is caught. Lady Macbeth comes in and basically tells him that his second thoughts are nonsense, and if she were him she would have done it. She feels strongly about the actions they are going to take and persuades her husband into doing the deed.
” LADY MACBETH
Was the hope drunk
Wherein you dressed yourself? Hath it slept since?
And wakes it now, to look so green and pale
At what it did so freely? From this time
Such I account thy love. Art thou afeard
To be the same in thine own act and valor
As thou art in desire? Wouldst thou have that
Which thou esteem’st the ornament of life,
And live a coward in thine own esteem,
Letting “I dare not” wait upon “I would, ”
Like the poor cat i’ th’ adage?
I dare do all that may become a man;
Who dares do more is none.
What beast was ’t, then,
That made you break this enterprise to me?
When you durst do it, then you were a man;
And to be more than what you were, you would
Be so much more the man. Nor time nor place
Did then adhere, and yet you would make both.
They have made themselves, and that their fitness now
Does unmake you. I have given suck, and know
How tender ’tis to love the babe that milks me.
I would, while it was smiling in my face,
Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums
And dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you
Have done to this. “
Character Analysis: Lady Macbeth
In Act 1 of ‘Macbeth’ By William Shakespeare, Lady Macbeth is portrayed to the audience as insane, ruthless, ambitious, and possibly even more powerful than her husband, Macbeth. In Scene 5, Act 1 of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth reads her famous soliloquy. This the first time the audience really get to see who she is-her purpose in the play and her ‘aspirations’ .
In this soliloquy, she reads Macbeth letter about his encounter with the weird sisters and speaks about their prophecies of him being thane of Cawdor and the king.
Lady Macbeth expresses to herself (and the audience) her worries about Macbeth. She believes he doesn’t have the ambition or courage to grasp the titles the sisters have told him. Her ambition drives her husband towards the cruel and desperate act of Duncan’s murder.
She says Macbeth is;
‘ Too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness’
She calls on the ‘spirits’ to ‘unsex’ her- to take away her femininity so she can kill Duncan. Later on, Macbeth arrives and she instructs him to leave the planning and killing in her hands.
The raven himself is hoarse
That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan
Under my battlements. Come, you spirits
That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,
And fill me from the crown to the toe top-ful
Of direst cruelty! Make thick my blood;
Stop up th’ access and passage to remorse,
That no compunctious visitings of nature
Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between
Th’ effect and it! Come to my woman’s breasts,
And take my milk for gall, you murth’ring ministers,
Wherever in your sightless substances
You wait on nature’s mischief! Come, thick night,
And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell,
That my keen knife see not the wound it makes,
Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark,
To cry ‘Hold, hold!’ (1.5.38–54)
In this scene of Macbeth, the characters arrive at Inverness. King Duncan comments on the sweetness of the air, and Banquo says birds must be nesting in the castle. It’s ironic that King Duncan comments on where he will die is beautiful. Lady Macbeth enters the scene and kindly greets the King and Thanes. Macbeth is nowhere to be seen, so the soon to be murder weighs more on him than his wife.
This castle hath a pleasant seat. The air
Nimbly and sweetly recommends itself
Unto our gentle senses.
This guest of summer,
The temple-haunting martlet, does approve,
By his loved mansionry, that the heaven’s breath
Smells wooingly here. No jutty, frieze,
Buttress, nor coign of vantage, but this bird
Hath made his pendant bed and procreant cradle.
Where they most breed and haunt, I have observed,
The air is delicate. “
Analytical paragraph – Setting
In Act 1, Scene 6 of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, King Duncan, and Banquo arrive at Macbeth’s castle in Inverness. They comment on the beauty of the castle and the quality of the air, using words such as wooingly, gentle, pleasant, and sweetly.
The king says,
“This castle hath a pleasant seat. The air
Nimbly and sweetly recommends itself
Unto our gentle senses.”
Their first impressions of the castle couldn’t be more preposterous, because most of the play, Macbeth’s castle is metaphorically compared to hell. They are oblivious to the danger and violence they are soon to be put in.
The audience knows Lady Macbeth’s plan to kill the king, but the characters don’t, this is an example of dramatic irony. When Lady Macbeth greets them and welcomes them in, the audience would see this as sarcastic and a bunch of lies in a sense, whereas the king and Banquo would see it as kind and warming. Macbeth is nowhere to be seen to greet them, so you could say the murder lays more on Macbeth than on his wife.
In a room in Macbeth’s castle, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth are sitting together and reading a letter from her husband about a meeting with the witches. She believes everything the witches say is true. A servant comes into the scene and says that king Duncan will be staying the night and leave tomorrow. Lady Macbeth plans to carry out the murder that night. Lady Macbeth said her husband is weak and doesn’t have the courage to kill Duncan. When Macbeth arrives back from Duncan’s Court, she reveals his plans to him.
My dearest love,
Duncan comes here tonight.
And when goes hence?
Tomorrow, as he purposes.
Shall sun that morrow see!
Your face, my thane, is as a book where men
May read strange matters. To beguile the time,
Look like the time. Bear welcome in your eye,
Your hand, your tongue. Look like th’ innocent flower,
But be the serpent under ’t. He that’s coming
Must be provided for; and you shall put
This night’s great business into my dispatch,
Which shall to all our nights and days to come
Give solely sovereign sway and masterdom.
We will speak further.
Only look up clear.
To alter favor ever is to fear.
Leave all the rest to me. “
In the palace courtroom, King Duncan asks if the execution is done. Malcolm answers his father’s question. ‘I have spoke With one that saw him die.’ King Duncan gives thanks to Macbeth and Banquo for their part in the battle. Then, to the private astonishment of Macbeth, Duncan announces that his successor as king, when that may be, will be his son Malcolm.
Is execution done on Cawdor? Are not
Those in commission yet returned?
They are not yet come back. But I have spoke
With one that saw him die, who did report
That very frankly he confessed his treasons,
Implored your highness’ pardon, and set forth
A deep repentance. ..”
In this scene, the Witches have gathered apon the heath- as they said they would, and the first witch is telling how she was disrespected by a sailors wife so they plan to cause mischief on them. She says she has a pilots thumb so Macbeth has come.
Macbeth and Banquo are together and Macbeth says how his day has not been so good and bad at the same time. The Witches come before them and Banquo he askes Macbeth how far “these creatures” have come. He says they look like they should not belong on earth. He turns to them and askes if they can answer questions, they seem to understand him. He says they look women but their beards keep him from believing that they really are. Macbeth asks the witches what kind of creatures they are but they ignore him and give him all these praises.
” FIRST WITCH
All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Glamis!
All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor!
All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!
Good sir, why do you start and seem to fear
Things that do sound so fair? (to the WITCHES) I’ th‘ name of truth,
Are ye fantastical, or that indeed
Which outwardly ye show? My noble partner
You greet with present grace and great prediction
Of noble having and of royal hope,
That he seems rapt withal. To me you speak not.
If you can look into the seeds of time
And say which grain will grow and which will not,
Speak, then, to me, who neither beg nor fear
Your favors nor your hate. ”