Macbeth Worksheets Acts I-V (1) - Name Section Macbeth Act I Scene i As the play begins three witches appear The audience in Shakespeares time would

Macbeth Worksheets Acts I-V (1) - Name Section Macbeth...

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Name___________________________________________ Section_______ Macbeth: Act I, Scene i As the play begins, three witches appear. The audience in Shakespeare’s time would not have been surprised to see witches. Most people believed in witchcraft. Witches were suspected of having strange powers, such as the ability to make people do evil deeds. Shakespeare knew three eerie women were bound to capture his audience’s interest. Shakespeare included witches for another reason. He wrote Macbeth as a special favor for King James I of England. Since he knew James had just written a book about witches, he made certain there were witches in Macbeth. As you read this short scene, consider the mood and tone created by the witches. The play opens at night during a furious thunderstorm. As the lightning flashes, three witches appear in a deserted field. The eerie creatures speak to one another in mysterious phrases. 1. The witches plan to meet again when ________ The battle is over ______. 2. The three witches will see ______ Macbeth _____ the next time they meet. 3. All three witches agree that things are really not what they seem to be. They say, “Fair is foul, and foul is fair.” Based on this quote, what kind of world would you say Macbeth lives in?

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