Act 1 Scene 6 - 7

Scene Analysis

  • What happens in your scene? Outline the basic events.
    • King Duncan visits Macbeth's castle, where is warmly welcomed by the hostess Lady Macbeth. She seems very kindly and benevolent in the outside, cordially greeting Duncan into their castle, but at the same time a vile plan is going through her mind. In Scene 7, Macbeth struggles to decide whether he should kill King Duncan or not. He is humiliated and taunted by his wife for being unmanly and wary. His own conscience tells him it is immoral to kill an innocent man just to gain power, yet Lady Macbeth is exceedingly persuasive and urges Macbeth to kill King Duncan in the end. King Duncan, is completely unaware what the two people are thinking and trusts Macbeth highly.
  • What do you think are the key purposes of your scene? In other words, why is this scene important?
    • Macbeth, originally is a moral man, but we see a metamorphosis in Scene 7, where he is persuaded (almost forced to the state of being indoctrinated) by Lady Macbeth to murder King Duncan so that he can replace his place as king. The scenes are significant because it shows us the phase, how Macbeth changed from a moral man, a wary man, and to a lustful blind man. It gives us sufficient information for us to get an idea of how Lady Macbeth can be extremely manipulative and dominating towards Macbeth. It is a very tragic scene, for Macbeth has turned to the dark side.
  • What are your reactions to this scene?
    • It's a very extreme excerpt of the novel. It left me with a very strong impression for both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. I was surprised by the fact how Macbeth really is a man of conscience and propriety. Until the very end of the scene, he is wary of whether to kill King Duncan or not because deep down his heart, despite his ambition to become king, he knows that it is unethical. Lady Macbeth on the other hand, makes me want to murder her myself, destroy her, incinerate her actually. She is just so wrong in every sense. Maybe it's because I was raised in a confucian based society but woman of such temper and dominating personality will only ruin the marriage and family. She is the cause of Macbeth's downfall. I also feel very unfortunate and wretched for Macbeth could've lead himself to the right direction in not doing the wrong thing, but because of his poor taste in wife, his life is basically obliterated.

Character Report: King Duncan
  • What does your character want in this scene (this is the objective)?
    • King Duncan doesn't have a discrete objective in this section. He is simply visiting Macbeth's castle for he commends him. He is here to strengthen his alliance with the thane of Cawdor, for to his view, he seems like a man he could trust. He went to Macbeth's castle since he just promoted him as the Thane of Cawdor for defeating the enemies, to celebrate.
  • What is your character's motivation for doing what he or she does?
    • His motivation simply is to applaud and honour Macbeth. By visiting, he believes he can strengthen his friendship with Macbeth, in doing so making him more loyal.
  • What obstacles stand in his or her way?
    • Nothing really stands in his way in commending Macbeth, the new thane of Cawdor, at least that's what he thinks. Yet, behind him, a plot is building up which is am obstacle in a sense, for it kills him.
  • What happens when your character confronts these obstacles?
    • He is entirely dependent of the situation. Until the very end he is unaware of what's to happen and is defeated by the obstacle, death.
  • Are there any distinctive elements in your character's way of speaking? (Is his or her language elaborate, plain, musical, or what?)
    • Duncan doesn't have a distinctive style in the way he delivers his lines, just generally happy. His tone though out the section can be described as jolly and cheerful because he doesn't know anything about a plot to murder him. He is simply there to celebrate.
  • What is your character thinking during the scene (this is the subtext)? (How does he or she react to the other characters and events?)
    • He is thinking: 'What a fine castle. I really like this guy, Macbeth. I did the right thing in promoting him as the thane of Cawdor. He seems loyal too, I could use a man of his talents. Plus, his wife is just delightful! I love this place! But I wonder what the two are talking about over there, making me wait...hmm...' He doesn't suspect any sign of hostility or murder which is about to kill him whatsoever. Everything seems so nice and normal.