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Act 1 Scene 7. What is the importance of persuasion in the scene? How does Shakespeare make the scene appeal to the audience? The importance of the scene is that Lady Macbeth persuades Macbeth to kill Duncan

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Jayne Stupple Act 1 Scene 7. What is the importance of persuasion in the scene? How does Shakespeare make the scene appeal to the audience? The importance of the scene is that Lady Macbeth persuades Macbeth to kill Duncan. In Macbeth's soliloquy he agonises with his conscience over killing Duncan. However Macbeth's mad ambition will be his downfall. Scene 7 is crucial to the rest of the plot as it sets the play in motion. Shakespeare attracts the audience's attention through his use of imagery; changes in pace, to maintain atmosphere and tension; rich language, and contemporary references. Throughout Act 1 Shakespeare introduces us to the the characters and the central conflicts of the play Shakespeare uses Act 1 scene 7 to show his audience the dimensions to Macbeth's character. Shakespeare has shown his audience that deep down Macbeth does have a conscience. In Macbeth's soliloquy Shakespeare uses rhythm, repetition and alliteration, "if it were done" "tis done" "if it were done quickly" the use of "it" being a pronoun as Macbeth cannot bring himself to use the word "kill" - a noun. He begins, trying to persuade himself that if the killing of Duncan had no consequence he could do it. "If th'assassination could trammel up the consequence and catch with his surcease, success." ...read more.

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She encourages him to be deceitful in his appearance "to beguile this time." "Look like th'innocent flower but be the serpent under't" Shakespeare's use of imagery in the language is very powerful, portraying the beauty of a flower changing to the evil of a deadly serpent. At the end of Act 1 Scene 3 Jayne Stupple 6 Lady Macbeth is confident Macbeth will murder Duncan. The dramatic irony here is that Lady Macbeth is unaware of Macbeth's indecision. As Shakespeare moves on, the pace quickens. Where as Macbeth's soliloquy was slower and more thought provoking the next part of the play has the audience hanging on every word. Can Lady Macbeth persuade Macbeth to go ahead with this awful deed? When they meet again Lady Macbeth is stunned to hear Macbeth has changed his mind. "We will proceed no further in this business" Can Lady Macbeth persuade Macbeth to go ahead with this awful deed? When they meet again Lady Macbeth is stunned to hear Macbeth has changed his mind. "We will proceed no further in this business." Lady Macbeth challenges Macbeth "was the hope drunk wherein you dressed yourself?" Here we see Shakespeare's use of imagery as clothing, you can remove or put on feelings at will just like clothes and as with clothes the outer garments can conceal the inner thoughts. ...read more.

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Shakespeare uses rhyming couplets in the last line "away, and mock the time with fairest show: false face must hide what the false heart doth know." Showing us how important it is, they provide a sense of sudden resolution. Macbeth knows what he is about to do is wrong but his ambition spurs him on. From this point on there is no turning back. This crucial scene in the play has given structure to the entire play, from here Shakespeare enables the audience to question, who is responsible for Duncan's murder? Macbeth or Lady Macbeth? It makes the issue far more complex and interesting. At this point in the play do the two characters, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth represent the two sides to Macbeth's character? Lady Macbeth with the more masculine role: determined, strong and powerful, Macbeth softer, weaker and 4 Jayne Stupple with a conscience. As the play progresses they switch around, as Macbeth becomes more evil as his ambition grows With the successful killing of Duncan, Macbeth's character slowly begins to change. As he becomes more shocking, violent and evil, Lady Macbeth becomes weaker and later her conscience ultimately leads to her death this is crucial to the clear representation of the perplexed character of Macbeth... With the use of witches, the supernatural, and the dark atmosphere throughout the play, the self-destruction of Macbeth through his ambition, Shakespeare has made this tragedy a contemporary play of the times. ...read more.

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