Scenes in detail

In the following, we give you a detailed analysis of selected scenes of Shakespeare's Macbeth. The scenes have been chosen according to their popularity and general importance to the overall plot of the play. However, note that our analysis is no substitute for actually reading and analysing the text yourself. You still need to put in some work before you can get the most out of our analysis.

In Act 1, Scene 1, we meet the three witches. This rather short scene introduces some of the main themes of the play to us. Via the stormy weather, the witches, and their strange language we also understand that this is a world where the natural order of things has been upset and that something bad is coming.

In Act 1, Scene 3, Macbeth and Banquo meet the witches and each receive a prophecy. This event kick-starts Macbeth’s ambition to become king and thus becomes a major catalyst in the plot. This scene also deepens our understanding of Macbeth’s character as we clearly see how his reaction to the supernatural predictions differs from Banquo’s.

In Act 1, Scene 5, we are int...

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