Foreshadowing In Macbeth Act 1 Essay

Macbeth: A Foreshadowing Essay

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The Throne of Blood is a film that attempts to recreate Shakespeare's tragedy "Macbeth." This tale is one of greed, deception, and backstabbing traitors. It is the tale of a man prophesized to be king. Once king, he wants more and tries to get what he wants. However, his `trustworthy' friend stabs the king in the back and eventually dies himself. In the end, all that is left is a bunch of dead guys and a castle without a king; pretty tragic if you ask me.

This scene begins with two samurai on horseback riding in and stopping at the edge of a forest. They have a conversation and then they ride on. After a little bit, they stop and talk again and conclude that they are lost. One of the samurai shoots an arrow into the tree tops and an…show more content…

This same song is played when the samurai notice that the hut is gone as well. As the scene ends, a mysterious and suspenseful song played while the two warriors are apparently lost. The music selection in this scene was, for the most part, background, but in some cases it was foreshadowing. Such was the case when the old man told the two samurai their future. It gave me the feeling that something bad was going to happen.

In my opinion, the sounds effects just added a sense of proximity to the scene. The sound of the thunder and the rain established the mood for the scene really well. Other effective sound effects were rather simple, but highly effective. Some examples of these were the horses' feet stomping on the ground, the horses neighing, and the clinks and clangs of the samurai's armor and weapons. These were effective because they made you feel as if you were standing just a few feet from them. Another good sound effect was the `twang' of the bow when one of the samurai shot an arrow into the tree tops. Immediately after the arrow was fired, an evil spirit is heard laughing. Even though the laugh itself was pathetic, it was a nice touch to make you feel for the lost samurai. Throughout the whole scene, you almost always hear something, whether it's the horses, the samurai's equipment, or people talking; making sound very important in this scene.

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Macbeth Topic Tracking: Foreshadowing

Act 1, Scene 1

Foreshadowing 1: Foreshadowing plays an important role in Macbeth because most of the action of the play is hinted at before it happens. The three witches have a heavy hand in the foreshadowing because their prophecies are the motivation for Macbeth's actions. Appearing in the first act of the play shows the significance of the witches and their prophetic powers.

Act 1, Scene 2

Foreshadowing 2: When Duncan awards Macbeth the title that has been taken from a traitor, Shakespeare hints that Macbeth will follow in Cawdor's footsteps and betray the king.

Act 1, Scene 3

Foreshadowing 3: Macbeth and Banquo meet the witches and hear their predictions. This is Shakespeare's way of preparing the audience for what is going to happen.

Act 2, Scene 3

Foreshadowing 4: Lennox tells of the mourning cries of birds that were believed to foreshadow death. These cries kept them awake all night, and signaled Duncan's death.

Act 2, Scene 4

Foreshadowing 5: The horses destroying one another foreshadowed Duncan's death for the characters in the play. It is only after the fact that the characters can see the events as foreshadowing, however. As the audience, the foreshadowing is much more obvious.

Act 3, Scene 1

Foreshadowing 6: Banquo remembers the witches' prophecy, and so he suspects that Macbeth has killed the king to get the throne. Banquo also knows that the witches said that his descendants would be king. This serves to remind that audience that Macbeth is not finished securing the throne, and we know that Banquo is now in danger.

Act 3, Scene 5

Foreshadowing 7: The words of the witches are a sneak-preview for the upcoming action of the play.

Act 4, Scene 1

Foreshadowing 8: This encounter with the witches sets Macbeth up to feel invincible. He thinks that he is seeing the glory of his future, but what they have really shown him is his downfall. They've just camouflaged it in a way that made him feel confident that he was safe and the throne secure.

Act 5, Scene 5

Foreshadowing 9: Macbeth has felt unworried by Malcolm's approaching army until he hears that it looks as if the Birnam wood is moving toward the castle. Macbeth realizes that part of the prophecy is coming true, but not in the way that he expected it to.

Act 5, Scene 8

Foreshadowing 10: When Macbeth learns that Macduff was removed from his mother's womb and not born, he realizes that the witches' foretold of his doom and not his success. His arrogance after hearing their prophecy has enabled his own defeat.

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