Monday, March 31, 2014
Macbeth is introduced by the witches who labels him to be a king. The reader notices that Macbeth is somewhat scared and taken back by the comment and does not see himself in that way. The witches also foreshadow Macbeth's and Banquo's future, and tell them they will both become kings. Shakespeare on the other hand characterizes Macbeth in a tone of darkness, simple, yet with a sting of bravado. The reader obviously knows that Macbeth is the main character but the way shakespeare brings him up in the play lets the reader know that he is a strong head character. In Macbeth the reader clearly sees bravado, and hungriness for power and success. I see these characteristics/potential themes driving Macbeth throughout the play and to his grave. Up to this point the reader does not know much about the setting, but quickly figures it out through the rest of the characters. For example, the sergeant mentions the king of Scotland and the Norweyan Lord. Wounds, battles, and executions are also mentioned by other characters in the play.