Macbeth by yurtgc548

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									Background and Plot Structure
   Shakespeare combined
    2 historical incidents to
    write his play.
   Donwald’s murder of
    King Duff in 967
   Macbeth’s murder of
    King Duncan in 1040.
   Most incidents in the
    play actually happened
    but over a longer time
    span.
 Act   I
  • Exposition – general atmosphere, time, place,
    main characters, and opening conditions of the
    play.
  • Exciting Force – something happens to start the
    action moving.
  • Rising Action – actions covering more than one
    act when the hero of the play is actively trying to
    make things work out as he or she intends.
 Act   II
  • Rising Action
 Act   III
  • Rising Action
  • Climax – protagonist reaches height of power
    and a distinct change occurs. Things go against
    the hero – following a downward path.
  • Falling Action – covers several scenes and shows
    all the ways things are going against the main
    character.
 Act   IV
  • Falling Action – Antagonist begins to rise in power.
   The conflict between the protagonist and the
   antagonist becomes the essence of the play.
 Act V
  • Falling Action
  • Moment of Final Suspense – when things look as if
    they will go well for the protagonist – momentarily
    believes that tragedy will be averted.
  • Catastrophe – complete downfall of the protagonist –
    death or some other devastating circumstance.
 www.straightdope.com

 Inthe first production of Macbeth, on August
 7, 1606, Hal Berridge, the boy playing Lady
 Macbeth, became feverish and died
 backstage. This story is likely mythical, and
 further tradition says that Shakespeare had
 to take over the part. (One version holds
 that Shakespeare played the role badly, and
 later chewed out his fellow actors for
 mentioning “that play,” thus beginning the
 tradition of not referring to it by name.)

								
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