Essay on The Passage Of Act I Scene IIi

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The passage in Act I Scene III is an important passage in the beginning of the play. It takes place after Macbeth and Banquo meet with the witches. This passage takes place after they meet with the witches for the second time and the first predictions have come true for Macbeth. Now he is considering even killing the king and wondering why he thinks that. Shakespeare uses literary features, internal struggles, and motifs to set up the hamartia of the tragic hero Macbeth in the novel. This passage is a soliloquy meaning that it is spoken to the audience and the other characters in the play do not hear what he is saying. Using this feature allows Shakespeare to point out internal struggles in the character. In this passage Macbeth is struggling with the witches predictions and advice for Macbeth. He wonders if the predictions are for good or for bad and says “Cannot be ill, cannot be good” (III, 133) This is an antithesis and he uses it to describe how he thinks that they cannot be all good or all bad. This is definitely an internal struggle he cannot decide for himself what he should do. Macbeth also has another internal struggle in the passage he says in the passage “why do I yield to that suggestion Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair” He is questioning his beliefs in this; he is questioning how he can think about killing Duncan when it is so horrifying to him. He is struggling with the witches’ predictions that benefit him but they are making him think terrible…

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