Explanatory notes below for Act 1, Scene 3 From Macbeth. Line numbers have been altered. The first scene brought the witches before us; the second gave us a noble picture of Macbeth. Now the two parties, the tempters and the tempted, meet, and from their meeting and the witches' prophecy proceed directly all the remaining events of the story.
While dancing, they are caught by the local minister, Reverend Parris. A crowd gathers in the Parris home while rumors of witchcraft fill the town. John Proctor, a local farmer, then enters and talks to Abigail alone.
Abigail still desires Proctor, but he fends her off and tells her to end her foolishness with the girls. Betty wakes up and begins screaming. Much of the crowd rushes upstairs and gathers in her bedroom, arguing over whether she is bewitched.
A separate argument between Proctor, Parris, the argumentative Giles Corey, and the wealthy Thomas Putnam soon ensues. This dispute centers on money and land deeds, and it suggests that deep fault lines run through the Salem community.
As the men argue, Reverend Hale arrives and examines Betty, while Proctor departs. After Parris and Hale interrogate her for a brief time, Tituba confesses to communing with the devil, and she hysterically accuses various townsfolk of consorting with the devil.
Suddenly, Abigail joins her, confessing to having seen the devil conspiring and cavorting with other townspeople. Betty joins them in naming witches, and the crowd is thrown into an uproar. A week later, alone in their farmhouse outside of town, John and Elizabeth Proctor discuss the ongoing trials and the escalating number of townsfolk who have been accused of being witches.
Elizabeth urges her husband to denounce Abigail as a fraud; he refuses, and she becomes jealous, accusing him of still harboring feelings for her. Mary is sent up to bed, and John and Elizabeth continue their argument, only to be interrupted by a visit from Reverend Hale.
While they discuss matters, Giles Corey and Francis Nurse come to the Proctor home with news that their wives have been arrested. Officers of the court suddenly arrive and arrest Elizabeth. After they have taken her, Proctor browbeats Mary, insisting that she must go to Salem and expose Abigail and the other girls as frauds.
The next day, Proctor brings Mary to court and tells Judge Danforth that she will testify that the girls are lying. Proctor persists in his charge, convincing Danforth to allow Mary to testify.
Mary tells the court that the girls are lying. When the girls are brought in, they turn the tables by accusing Mary of bewitching them. Furious, Proctor confesses his affair with Abigail and accuses her of being motivated by jealousy of his wife.Macbeth by William Shakespeare.
60second Recap® Decoder™ Study Guide: Overview and summary analysis of characters, plot, themes, motifs, symbols, and more. Macbeth (actor, Lynn Robert Berg*) and Banquo (actor, Jonathan Dyrud*) address Lenox (actor, Andrew May*) and Rosse (actor, Dougfred Miller) in the Great Lakes Theater production of MACBETH at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through April Macbeth.
Because we first hear of Macbeth in the wounded captain’s account of his battlefield valor, our initial impression is of a brave and capable warrior. Next: Macbeth, Act 3, Scene 2 Explanatory Notes for Act 3, Scene 1 From attheheels.com Thomas Marc Parrott.
New York: American Book Co. (Line numbers have been altered.) _____ This act is devoted to the second great crime of Macbeth's career, the murder of Banquo. Next: Macbeth, Act 3, Scene 2 Explanatory Notes for Act 3, Scene 1 From attheheels.com Thomas Marc Parrott.
New York: American Book Co. (Line numbers have been altered.) _____ This act is devoted to the second great crime of Macbeth's career, the murder of Banquo.
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