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Macbeth act I What is it that constitutes great writing in our society What justifications can award a writer with such prestigious honor as nationally establishing a play or sonnet as truly fantastic Whatever questions people strive to define as substantial reasoning for greatness lie in all of Shakespeares writings Parallel to the rest of his writings in act one of Macbeth Shakespeare applies such items as mood characterization motifs and themes to unfold throughout the play The mood of Shakespeares Macbeth is dark brooding and evil which is developed firstly in the opening act by both the witches and Macbeths sickening mind The mood of the play from beginning to the end is of devastation destruction and gloom The mood of suffering and degrading is emphasized as the play proceeds This can be foreshadowed to the reader by the first lines of the witches as well as how we can envision Macbeths character itself The three witches that Macbeth and Banquo meet are also called the weird sistersMacbeth Iii 20-25 In Old English wyrd meant fate And it is part of their role in the play to act as the forces of fate as well as set the mood of destruction or at this point possibilities Other effects that can impress the mood in the play are At the beginning of the play the first key definitions are noticed from dialog that distinguishes Macbeths character as well as other major personalities Such as when we first hear of Macbeth he has just cut open an enemy unseamed from belly button nave to throat chops Ii15-26 The king shouts Oh valiant cousin Worthy gentleman Ii 27-29 This not only helps the reader establish Macbeth as a brutal and powerful man but also sets the mood of the play which is tragedy murder and evil Another scene that
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