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Element Definition ACT in the Play Essay


Background information is presented, main characters are introduced, and the conflict is established The conflicts and challenges encountered by the characters. How they respond keeps the story moving forward. The turning point in the conflict. Tension builds until the main character must make a decision or take action that determines the direction of the story. The events that occur after the main character makes the key decision in the story The resolution is where all the questions are answered and loose ends are tied, providing a clear ending

Act 1. Macbeth’s encounter with the weird sisters.
Act 2. The murder of King Duncan
Act 3. The appearance of Banquo’s ghost at Macbeth’s coronation celebration. Act 4. Macbeth loses control.
Act 5. Macbeth gets killed

Plot Analysis
As you read the scenes in this lesson, take notes on important events in the story. Provide the line or lines from the play that relate to the event. Stop and think for a moment about why that event is important for the story and add your thoughts in the space provided. Event Text Support Why is it important to the story?

The murder of King Duncan

The appearance of Banquo’s ghost

1.” Unless the deed go with it: from this moment the very firstlings of my heart shall be the firstlings of my hand.” “I have supp’d full with horrors; direness, familiar to my slaught’rous thoughts, cannot once start me.”

This event is important to the story because this is the turning point for Macbeth’s behavior. He was once regretful of the murder and it took him awhile to recover from his emotion but once he started being told he was invincible he conscious left and he became ruthless This event is important to the story because this is when everyone close to Macbeth realizes that he’s paranoid and having problems dealing with the bad things he caused. Reflection

Choose one of the events you added to your graphic organizer and think about why it is an important piece of the plot. Focus on the purpose it serves in the story. Consider how the story would change if that event was altered. Form your ideas into a reflection paragraph of at least five sentences. Make sure to include supporting evidence from the play in your reflection.

I think the murder of King Duncan is an important piece of the plot because that is the event that changed Macbeth’s life for the better and the worse. Macbeth’s wife committed suicide because she couldn’t deal with the malice she caused. After Duncan’s murder, Macbeth became king and started becoming cold-hearted, killing people that was close to him before he became king and not thinking twice and the malice decisions. If King Duncan wasn’t murdered, Macbeth would still be the innocent kind man that he once was and his wife would still be alive.

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