"Macbeth": Summary And Analysis Of Acts I Iv

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Act 1 Scene 1Summary: The three witches gather, and discuss what they should do about Macbeth. They conclude when they will meet with Macbeth.Significance: This scene introduces Macbeth and the witches. It also brings forth the quote "Fair is foul, and foul is fair" which sets the stage for much of the story and how the characters will react. This quote defines the "flip-flopped" standing that much of the characters will partake in.Act 1 Scene 2Summary: This scene in the battlefield, a captain is called out by Duncan to explain the current condition of the entanglement. The captain speaks of Macbeth's great feats.Significance: The purpose of this scene is to introduce more details about Macbeth and what kind of person he is. This also shows how the King comes to favor him and appoint him to the title of Thane of Cawdor. The brief history of how things come to be is also shown in the description of the battle scene and those in it.Act 1 Scene 3Summary: The three witches await and meet Macbeth and Banquo, while doing so they converse of their daily escapades. When Macbeth does come they hail him Thane of Cawdor and speak to both Banquo and Macbeth of things that are to be. Then they leave Macbeth and Banquo discussing how they are going to take the information.Significance: This once again shows the disruption of nature when evil is afoot when the weather is frightening. It is also where we see how Macbeth and Banquo react to the prophecy. It also goes back to "Fair is foul and foul is fair" and gives it more meaning with Macbeth saying "So foul and fair a day I have not seen".Act 1 Scene 4Summary: The King and Malcolm converse of the traitor. Then we see Duncan bestow high names upon Macbeth. Macbeth himself is somewhat surprised reluctant. He also states "Stars, hide your fires let no light see my black and deep desires."Significance: At this point you see Macbeth start taking the prophecy to seriously. One also is capable of observing how Macbeth to his desires for power but he wishes they were not.Act 1 Scene 5Summary: Lady Macbeth reads a letter from Macbeth and the events that took place. This is where she basically says he is not capable enough to do what it takes to fulfill the prophecy. She also asks for power to be able to carry out her newly acquired plans for murder.Significance: In this scene we are introduced to Lady Macbeth and how evil she can really be. This is also where the concrete plotting to murder Duncan begins.Act 1 Scene 6Summary: The King returns to the castle with Banquo. Duncan is greeted shortly after by Lady Macbeth and receives much praise from her.Significance: This is where the plot begins to unfold and where you will see how deceitful Lady Macbeth really is.Act 1 Scene 7Summary: Macbeth enters and speaks about the evil plan. He questions himself and posts the irony of his title as Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth and his lady have a short argument of how it is that he has lost his will to commit the murder. She then...

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