Examples Of Foreshadowing In Macbeth's '

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Jood Abuali December 7, 2016
IB English Period 7

Macbeth Questions
Act 1 Scenes 1-8

Shakespeare opens the play by showing the witches to build up tension in the play. The presence of the witches foreshadows the conflict and suspense that is to come later throughout the play. Also, Shakespeare catches the attention of the readers with the witches’ mysterious and suspicious phrases and plans. The grim tone in which they use foreshadows the tragedies to come and the outcome of the play. This is shown in scene 1 when all the witches say, “Fair is foul,and foul is fair/, Hover through the fog and filthy air.”(1.1.11-12) This quotes interpretation is that bad can be good and good can be bad. It is foreshadowing the confusion,
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Both Macbeth and Banquo differ in their reactions to the witches predictions and the news of Macbeth’s new title. Macbeth states, “Stay, you imperfect speakers, tell me more./ By Sinel’s death I know I am the Thane of Glamis./ But how of Cawdor? The Thane of Cawdor lives,/ a prosperous gentlemen; and to be King/ Stands not within the prospect of belief,/` No more than to be Cawdor”(1.3.73 -78) This quote conveys that Macbeth understands that he is 5.innate member of the throne from his father, but can not believe he can become the thane of Glamis. He demands them to tell him more about the future. However, he does not accuse the witches predictions as fictitious, but rather questions it because he is interested in becoming king. Macbeth seemed to have developed a temptation in the supernatural forces, later on when the two things the witches told him came true. He does not see a reason why to 6.impugn the witches predictions. This is shown when Macbeth talks to himself and states,”Two truths are told,/ As happy prologues to the swelling act/ of the imperial theme. Thank you gentlemen./ This supernatural soliciting/ cannot be ill, cannot be good. If ill,/ why hath it given me earnest of success,/ commencing in a truth? I am Thane of Cawdor.”

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