This implies that the main character Macbeth is going to be a character which becomes influenced by evil forces. The first scene is set in a battlefield which creates an eerie atmosphere as it links to the prospect of death and danger. The mood of the play is set in the first scene creating suspense and curiosity for the audience. In comparison, in Act 1, Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth as a very ambitious, manipulative woman. We first meet her in Act one, Scene 5, when she is alone, reading a letter from her husband.
This is called a soliloquy. Macbeth is then introduced again in the play by the Captain, whom is talking to King Duncan, in Act 1 Scene 2 as ‘Brave Macbeth’. We are told that ‘His brandished steel smoked with bloody execution. ‘ This gives the audience another impression about Macbeth that he is a respected man as he is being talked about by the king. Macbeth is also talked about by Ross who describes him as ‘Abalone’s bridegroom, lapped in proof,’ looking like the Roman Goddess of war’s husband, covered in strong armor.
Shakespeare uses roman beliefs to introduce Macbeth as a brave and successful warrior as he is Ewing called the Roman Goddess of wars husband. Macbeth is quite taken aback by the weird sisters. Initially there is a sense that Macbeth does not take these hags seriously but when they begin listing off his promotions, Macbeth is all over their “predictions”. Certainly this suggests that Macbeth likes what he hears. He is seemingly loyal to Duncan but is easily swayed by the power of suggestion, no matter how ridiculous. When Macbeth finds out he is Thane of Castor, his little brain starts running overtime.
The seed of suggestion planted, Macbeth is considering fulfilling the est.. Himself. Even Banquet notices this, ‘Look, how our partner’s rapt’. We can safely say that Machete’s loyalties are very temporary. He is an obsessive personality who is unable to see the boundaries of his own ambition and sanity. Lady Macbeth is very ruthless – she had a plan ready to kill Duncan as soon as she heard about the witches prophecies. She’s also very determined, she want Macbeth to kill the king so that he can become the king. She knows immediately that murdering Duncan is the only way of quickly achieving her goal.
She is also very sneaky – Lady Macbeth uses different methods to persuade Macbeth to change his mind. She taunts Machete’s masculinity – calling him a coward. This is an important part of her approach. Machete’s rank and fame depend on his courage and bravery. Macbeth loves his king and doesn’t want to kill him as Duncan has been very grateful for all Macbeth has done. Macbeth has been given lots of rewards by Duncan and Macbeth thinks Duncan is a very good person etc. Although he also sees him as a jam in him becoming king.
Lady Macbeth psyches him up o killing him by making him think it is his right to be king and it is the only way he will ever get it. In the beginning of the play it is Lady Macbeth who has power over Macbeth, but as the play develops, the power shifts to Macbeth. The first demonstration of Lady Machete’s power is revealed in her soliloquy in Act l, during this soliloquy she states “He thee hither/ That I may pour my spirits in thin ear/And chastise with the valor Of my tongue/All that impedes thee from the golden round. ” The “golden round” is the crown.
She knows hat Macbeth is a “push over” because as she says, yet do I fear thy nature; / It is too full o’ the’ milk of human kindness. ” But it is quite obvious that she feels that she is more powerful than Macbeth early in the play, for once Macbeth comes home, and she does pour her spirits into his ear. In conclusion, in Act one lady Macbeth is presented as the person who controls the relationship and she would do anything to become queen. However Macbeth weakness can be seen as he is easily bullied by his wife into killing the king which was the worst crime of all back then.