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In Shakespearean times ambition was seen to be wrong as it went against the natural order You had to accept yourself for who you were People were not encouraged to better themselvesIn act I scene I the three witches plan to meet Macbeth upon a heath They announce the major theme of the play appearances can be deceptiveFair is foul and foul is fair line 10Macbeth in Act I echoes this in Scene threeSo foul and fair a day I have not seenThese contradictions introduce a feeling of opposing forces at war They are a symbol of the struggles that take place in the play This could tie in with the scene in which Lady Macbeth tells her husband to Look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under tAt the beginning of scene three the witches greet him with Hail Macbeth that shalt be King hereafter This stuns Macbeth leaving him lost for wordsHe is then told that he will be Thane Of Cawdor but Macbeth knows he lives a prosperous gentleman Macbeth is unaware that The Thane Of Cawdor was a traitor to the King and had fought on the opposing side in the battleNotice how Macbeth and Banquo repeat the witches words almost as though the witches have some supernatural influence over themWith that the witches disappear By this time the audience is sensing something very wrong as they were firm believers in witches and witchcraft Women who were thought to be witches were burned at the stakeIf the witches were not in the play then there would not be any ambition sparked off in MacbethSoon Ross and Angus see Macbeth and Banquo and they tell Macbeth that he is the new Thane Of Cawdor The Thane was a traitor to the KingThoughts cross Macbeths mind thoughts of murder treachery and deceit His ambition is getting the better of himLater in Act I scene V Lady Macbeth receives a letter from
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