Macbeth Act 1 Summary

Macbeth Act 1 Summary

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  • If good, why do I yield to that suggestion Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair And make my seated heart knock at my ribs, Against the use of nature? Present fears Are less than horrible imaginings.
  • Act 1 Scene 1 starts with the witches talking about where to meet when to meet and who to meet with. The also talk about meeting with Macbeth.
  • The war has just ended and the captain is talking to King Duncan about how well the "brave Macbeth" fought, Macbeth will soon get new of him becoming Thane of Cawdor. 
  • The raven himself is hoarse That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan Under my battlements. Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of direst cruelty. Make thick my blood. Stop up the access and passage to remorse, That no compunctious visitings of nature Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between The effect and it! Come to my woman’s breasts, And take my milk for gall, you murd'ring ministers, Wherever in your sightless substances You wait on nature’s mischief. 
  • Macbeth and Banquo are walking back from the war when they come across the three witches. The witches prophesize that Macbeth is the Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor and soon shall be the King.
  • Macbeth's soliloquy; he thinks about how the witches were correct in predicting the future and then thinks about killing King Duncan in order to fulfil the witches prophecies.
  • King Duncan meets with Macbeth and Banquo, he congratulates them for their bravery and plans to visit Macbeth later at his house. Macbeth leaves to get ready for the royal visit.
  • Lady Macbeth is introduced. She gets a letter from Macbeth about how the witches prophesize about Macbeth's successes. Lady Macbeth also had a soliloquy where she thought about killing King Duncan and for the spirits to fill her with heinous thoughts.
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