Macbeth

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ACT 1 The play opens with the three weird sisters on the Scottish Heath planning to meet Macbeth There is thunder and lightning "Fair is foul and foul is fair" - the first of many paradoxes
In 1.2, the mood is triumphant and victorious--the traitor of Scotland, MacDonald, has been defeated by captains Macbeth and Banquo. They are compared to the Eagle and Lion in their bravery.
Macbeth and Banquo meet three witches; Macbeth is astonished by the claim of his future kingship; he struggles with whether this news is good/bad; metaphor of new title as "borrowed robes"
"There no art / to find the mind's construction in the face" - King Duncan. In other words, you can't tell what people are like from their looks. There maybe something different hidden behind.
Macbeth's path to kingship is suddenly blocked by Malcolm. "That is a step on which I must fall down, or else o'erleap." Macbeth has a choice--to fall or to overleap--which will he take?
We meet Lady Macbeth. She fears the inability of her husband to do what it takes to gain kingship. She takes it upon herself: "Come you spirits...unsex me here and turn my milk to gall!"
Macbeth wrestles with the idea of murder. Duncan's death will bring all kinds of outcry and clamor: "His virtues will plead like angels, trumpet-tongued against the deep damnation of his taking off."
"And pity, like a naked newborn babe striding the blast...shall blow the horrid deed in every eye, that tears shall drown the wind." Again, the murder of Duncan will not go unnoticed.
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