'Macbeth' - Act 1 Key Quotations
"Fair is foul and foul is fair / Hover through the fog and filthy air."
- WITCH -
Opening scene of the play. Scotland has been turned upside down.
Oxymoron = "fair/foul"
Alliteration = "f" - sounds evil and oppressive.
Atmosphere = "foul" and "filthy" - implies that the play will be similar.
"...brave Macbeth - well he deserve that name - disdaining fortune..."
- SERGEANT -
Duncan hears of how Mabeth won the battle for Scotland.
Adjective = "brave" suggests Macbeth's nature and character at the beginning of the play.
Irony = "disdaining fortune" - Macbeth will never look at fortune in this way again.
"Present fears are less than horrible imaginings."
- MACBETH -
Macbeth has been given news of his promotion and now can't stop thinking about murdering Duncan.
Duality; Fear; Thought
Emotive Language = "fears" - Macbeth can still be scared.
Noun = "imaginings" - thoughts are scarier than reality.