Macbeth Storyboard

Macbeth Storyboard

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  • "Yes, as sparrows eagles, or the hare the lion./If I say sooth, I must report they were as cannons overcharged with double cracks,/So they doubly redoubled strokes upon the foe" (1.2.39-42).
  • "All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!/All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!" (1.3.52-53).
  • "Come, you spirits/That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here" (1.5.47-48).
  • Macbeth and Banquo are returning from a battle, in which they performed successfully.
  • "What beast was 't, then,/ That made you break this enterprise to me?/When you durst do it, then you were a man" (1.7.54-56).
  • On the way home, Macbeth and Banquo encounter three witches who give them their prophecies. They say that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor, and then King of Scotland.
  • "False face must hide what the false heart doth know" (1.7.95).
  • Lady Macbeth has received a letter from her husband, in which he states the prophecies given to him. Lady Macbeth's thirst for power sets a sinister plan to kill Duncan into motion.
  • Motif: "Look like th' innocent flower,/But be the serpent under't" (1.6.76-78).
  • Macbeth begins to fear the consequences of murder, so Lady Macbeth insults his masculinity. Macbeth, unable to bear the insult, decides to murder Duncan after all.
  • Macbeth decides that he must put his concerns behind him and murder Duncan. He knows that he needs to hide his intentions underneath a friendly expression.
  • The motif fair and foul appears often throughout Act One. The idea that in order for Macbeth to succeed he must cover his evil intentions with a noble exterior becomes a popular one. Lady Macbeth also enforces this motif when she plays a hospitable hostess when Duncan comes to visit. 
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