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Dylan EricksonMacbethActs 1 and 2In Act 1 of Macbeth, the three witches are introduced to the story. I feel that the witches represent the oracles of the play, or the ones that unravel the entire story. They are the ones who ultimately decide the fate of the characters in the story and lays out their fates on the table. In the second scene, the main characters are presented into the story. Both Macbeth and Banquo are both depicted and Scottish heroes in this story. The Scots were in a war with the Irish and a Scottish rebel named Mcdonwald. The King of Scotland was reported that two generals lead the Scottish against the invasion and slayed the traitor Mcdonwald. King Duncan was pleased to hear this development and promised a promotion for both Macbeth and Banquo. The funny thing is, that Macbeth has no idea of his upcoming promotion in Scottish society. Macbeth and Banquo ride their horses on a very stormy night. The three witches from before appear and seal Macbeth and Banquo’s fate forever. The three witches say that Macbeth is a thane of two providences and King of Scotland. Macbeth is confused by this occurrence and pushes the witches for more information on their premonition. Banquo then asked if he would become King, but the witches merely say that he will not, but his sons will become kings themselves. Even though the two gentlemen did not think much of this, if they took it to heart, it could become true, and does. The witches also say that Banquo is lesser to Macbeth, but greater as well. This is a definite foreshadow of events yet to come. You can infer from this that Macbeth is most likely the tragic character in this story. Macbeth has all the elements of a classic tragic character in the Shakespearean stories of the past. Macbeth is originally a thane already and on top of that, he is gaining another title as the Thane of Cawdor. He is a well-respected person, fantastic general, and a faithful man. If the witch’s premonition is true, then Macbeth will have to fall from grace
in order to gain the title of king, and it will not be an easy road for him. As saying Banquo is “lesser but better”, this may insinuate that Banquo’s status may be lower than Macbeth, but morally Banquo is a much stronger person than Macbeth is. This is a very curious way of