4. Each act does its part to build the central conflict. What is the ultimate conflict and where do you see this act contributing to our understanding of the conflict? What events work together to build this meaning?

We all know that a conflict is a struggle between two opposing forces, which may be internal or external. In the first act, the main conflict is an internal conflict that Macbeth struggles with. He starts struggling after the witches predict his future (scene 3 act 1) and tell him he will become Thane of Cawdor, and King, even though both are alive. In the same scene, Rosse, and Angus, the messengers of King Duncan come and give Macbeth the title of Thane of Cawdor. The internal conflict then begins within Macbeth, of how he could become King, and if he does want to become King, would he be ready to murder Duncan. The central conflict builds up in Macbeth’s soliloquies through out the first act, where the reader is told his thoughts and can see how they change as the scene’s pass. The pros and the cons Macbeth deals with in his head. Lady Macbeth and Duncan also play a big part in influencing Macbeth’s decision about weather or not to murder the King. This internal conflict sets out to describe the main conflict of the play; it is essential to be able to understand the rest of the play.

Through out the whole of act one, every scene starting with the very first ones lead to build the internal conflict within Macbeth. First the apparition of the witches and their predictions, then the scene where Duncan gives the title of Thane of Cawdor to Macbeth through his messengers Angus and Rosse; they all lead to Macbeth’s main conflict, which is: can he become King without murdering Duncan.