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The other one I'm going to add is not a major one but it's before the banquet scene. Lady Macbeth scolds Macbeth for not being able to move on from their crimes. "what's done is done." We, as the audience, already know Macbeth has already taken action to kill Banquo. Macbeth decides to hide his plans from her. This also shows a change in their ...


Shakespeare’s problem is how to get from I.4 (at Forres, where Macbeth has heard the witches’ prophecy and been made thane of Cawdor) to I.5 (at Inverness, where Macbeth and Lady Macbeth plot the murder of Duncan) quickly and dramatically. There are various ways a playwright might go about this: Macbeth arrives at Inverness, meets Lady Macbeth, and tells ...


Even though this question already has two answers, it seems worth adding what the lines looked like in the original text of Macbeth, published in the First Folio of 1623. The First Folio printed the text as follows:   Mur. Most Royall Sir Fleans is scap'd. The italics are from the First Folio; they are not what matters here. The Folio's spelling was scap'd,...


To say ‘Fleance escaped’ tells Macbeth what happened during the ambush. It is a simple past tense, and as such it leaves scope for there to be more to the story… ‘Fleance escaped, but we chased him down at last and killed him’ for example. ‘Fleance is escaped’ (or Fleance is ‘scaped to make it scan) tells Macbeth, and us, that Fleance is currently at large.

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