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Macbeth by William Shakespeare takes place in medieval Scotland during the rise and fall of the warrior Macbeth However the play is given a feel of menacing evil through the images displayed in scenes one and six of act one The witches appear in scene one with the sound of thunder and lightning giving the scene a sense of mischief The mood is reinforced in scene six through the description of Macbeths castle as a paradise in contrast with the evil desires that fill the insideThe story begins with three witches who call themselves weird sisters In Old English the word weird means fate which is exactly their purpose in the story to predict the fate of Macbeth in scene three In scene two Macbeth is introduced as a warrior hero Macbeths strength is brought to light by the captains description of Macbeths actions in battle Macbeth not only killed Macdonald but did so by unseeming him from the nave to the chops and fixing his head upon their battlementsline 22-23 The captain also compares Macbeth and fellow warrior Banquo to eagles and lions because they are not afraid of the Norwegians Also in scene two Duncan is shown to be full of grace and graciousness during his speech on the battlefield and in greeting Lady Macbeth later on in scene six In her opening scene Lady Macbeth is alone which leaves the audience to her innermost thoughts Her desire to be queen is brought out and this ambition leads to her plotting the death of the king She calls upon the spirits that tend to moral thoughts to take away her ability to care and weep At the end of act one Macbeth begins to have second thoughts about the murder of the king and his wife questions his courage However Lady Macbeth states that she must look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under it and in public acts as a
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