Macbeth must have written while in the same mood of half-formed resolve to bide his time that marks the close of scene 3. She prefers "the nearest way," that of speedy and violent action. In line 2 the rhythm is reversed and the stress falls on the second syllable of each foot.
Note how Lady Macbeth nerves herself to meet the terrible strain of the coming night. The metre of this line is somewhat irregular. Secondly an equivocator ,a two faced con man who even lied to god that he ended up in perjury.
It is thrown into a verse form, trochaic tetrameterwhich Shakespeare rarely uses except for supernatural beings, witches, fairies, or the like. The lady enters reading a letter in which her husband tells of his encounter with the witches, and of their prophetic greeting.
The couplet with which the witches take their departure is a confession of their creed. No sooner has the name "Macbeth" been uttered than the calls of the attendant spirits are heard and the witches hurry off.
It beacme the tomb of duncan and it must have been the porter who might have opened the doors to him. It seems for the moment so impossible that the opportunity for instant action can thus be placed in her hands that Lady Macbeth exclaims that the messenger must be crazy.
Lady Macbeth unconsciously echoes the words of the third witch in i. He has already made inquiries as to the witches, and has learned that their prophecies always come true. The accent is on the first syllable. Come, you spirits, etc.
As yet she knows nothing of the obstacle which the proclamation of Malcolm as heir-apparent puts between Macbeth and the crown. She only repeats her injunction to beware of showing his thoughts in his face.
The porter speaks of a farmer who haged himself as his expectations for a profit from harvest was at a toss. This forces us to pause in the middle of the line and so secures additional emphasis for the closing word, "Macbeth.
In line 8 the stressed syllable in the third foot is omitted. Lady Macbeth knows her husband well enough to feel sure that, however brave he is on the field of battle, he will hesitate to commit a murder.
We may imagine that Macbeth found some one at Forres who had already had dealings with the witches, and who could assure him of their credibility.
We hear of a battle that is even now being fought, we hear of the trysting-place of the witches at the conclusion of the fray, and last of all we hear the name of the man they are planning to meet. Explanatory notes below for Act 1, Scene 1 From Macbeth.
All that is good, "fair," to others is evil, "foul," to them, and vice versa. It is interesting to note that there is no suggestion in the letter of any criminal attempt to hasten the fulfilment of the oracle.
The porter imagines the second applicant for the entrance into hell to be a believer in equivocation who can say yes and no to the same question to suit his purpose. In order to bring out the rhyme the last syllable is dropped from the end of each line.
It is plain from line 53 that she means to commit the murder herself. The illness should attend it, the wickedness, or at least the unscrupulousness, which must go along with ambition, if the ambition is to be gratified.
The Porter Scene which follows immediately provides the much needed relief to the emotions and the feelings of the audience. The comic scene serves as a foil to the tragic scene which precedes it and thus, increases its intensity. He has, indeed, meditated the murder of his master; but he has by no means decided upon it, and he would like more time for consideration.
Another significance of this scene is that the porter signifies as the one who is opening the gate to enter te hell and he talks about Belzebub and the everlasting fire. But the equivocation has not opened the gate of heaven i. Perhaps, when she came to the prophecy of the witches, she felt that she must be alone, and withdrew from the hall of the castle to the chamber in which the scene takes place.
The first scene of Macbeth strikes the keynote of the play. This applies to both the physical and the moral world; they revel in the "fog and filthy air," and in every sort of mischief and evil-doing from killing swine to entrapping human souls.Act 1, scene 5 Themes and Colors Key LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in Macbeth, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work.
Free summary and analysis of the quotes in Act 1, Scene 2 of Macbeth that won't make you snore. We promise. Act 1, Scene 1.
On a heath in Scotland, three witches, the Weird Sisters, wait to meet Macbeth amidst thunder and lightning. Their conversation is filled with paradox and equivocation: they say that they will meet Macbeth "when the battle's lost and won" and when "fair is foul and foul is fair" (10).
Act 1 Scene 5 of Macbeth with detailed annotations and analysis. Act 1 Scene 1 of Macbeth with detailed notes and commentary. “The witches met me on the day of my victory in battle, and I have since learned that they have supernatural knowledge.Download