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Discuss The Importance of the First Three Scenes of Macbeth William Shakespeare was born in Stratford upon Avon in 1564 and later died in 1616 Shakespeare was educated at a local grammar school but did not have a university education During those fifty-two years he created at least thirty-seven plays and poems including his famous sonnets Most of his work was published after his death often without his permissionMacbeth was written sometime between 1603 and 1606 with King James in mind The play compliments James by making his ancestor Banquo a hero in the play Historically Banquo was an accomplice in the murder of Duncan The play also explores the issue of kingship and loyalty which was of great importance to JamesThe opening scenes of the play in Macbeth are important as they have to capture the audiences attention Shakespeare achieves this by introducing them to the main characters of the play the main aspects of the plot and also by including effective sound effects which create a captivating atmosphereThe play opens with a meeting of three witches up on a heath with the emphasis of lightning thunder and darkness Shakespeare instantly creates a mood of terror and unearthly evil The audience is immediately plunged into the midst of things and captures their attention by introducing them to the main themes evil and good in an effective way The witches are highly ambiguous creatures that create a sense of mystery As the witches do not invite Macbeth to or even suggest the idea of killing Duncan I feel that they are only symbolic of evil and temptation and that Macbeth is free to resist them Fair is foul and foul is fairHover through the fog and filthy airIn this final couplet of the witches it is shown that they are truly evil by going against gods natural order and this suggests to the audience that through out the play the way things may not
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