Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 3

Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 3

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  • This scene begins at a Barren Heath near Forres in Scotland with Thunder, Lighting and rain. A wide shot has been used here to establish the surroundings and further add to the Red Curtain Technique whereby the weather has been adapted to create an air of chaos and confusion for our audience.
  • We are then introduced to the three witches in a long shot whereby they appear in a cloud of smoke, cackling loudly and speaking of the  destructive and wicked acts they have recently performed. However their main interest is in Macbeth," A drum! A drum! Macbeth doth come." with the mention of his name comes a loud series of drum like thumps. Creating an ambience of anticipation for what is to come.
  • Macbeth and Banquo appear on their horses, Banquo is a bit impatient and is the first to notice the three witches as well as their oddly male appearance  however it is Macbeth who is particularly drawn to them "Speak if you can! What are you?" in this scene a long shot is used to establish the scene and show  the audience the body language of our two male characters.
  • The witches then begin to tell Macbeth of their prophecies for him in which they firstly address him as thane of Glaims which is his current title.They then address him as Thane of Cawdor and then tell him he will soon become King which intrigues Macbeth however Banquo does not trust these prophecies. Various close-ups and focus is used in this encounter to show Macbeths reaction to these prophecies and how easily his morals are swayed by the mention of power. 
  • The witches then address Banquo as lesser than Macbeth but also greater than Macbeth. They have prophecies for him too which state that he will be happier but not much happier than Macbeth they also profess that he will have kings in his bloodline but he will not be one of these king. Once they have finished telling the two men of  their prophecies they disappear once again in a cloud of smoke leaving  the two men to make sense of these prophecies'.  a long shot is used here to show the audience how once again Macbeths body language as well as establish an atmosphere of anticipation. 
  • As the witches disappear the weather clears however Macbeths mind is cluttered with questions and evil thoughts he falls to his knees and begs for the witches to return to answer his unanswered questions the camera focuses in on him and then pans to Banquo which appears to be shocked and suspicious as a result of Macbeths outburst. the camera locks in on Macbeth and for a second his features appear to be puzzled but he then thinks of his wife Lady Macbeth and suddenly there is a change in his demeanor which leaves the audience to wonder what it is that his wife can do to influence this situation. the scene then fades with both men continuing there journey to the palace.
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