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Act II Scene II of Macbeth Directed in the Voice of Shakespeare

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Act II Scene II of Macbeth Directed in the Voice of Shakespeare Tim Collins 7-12-00 4/6 This scene is vitally important for the setting for the rest of the play; the characters really show themselves to the audience. I wrote this scene to show many different feelings such as fear and boldness in the characters. This can be hard to portray. This scene is probably one of the most difficult of the whole play. It involves the killing of the King, Duncan. This murder will not be shown on the stage but merely mentioned by the actors because otherwise it would not be politically correct, this is because the King is very powerful these days. As with the whole of this play, I will be using a boy to play the woman is this is historically correct. No women are allowed to act in Shakespeare's theatres. The whole of this scene should be said nearly whispering, this is because the scene is set in the castle at night whilst everyone else is asleep For the first line of this scene, which is, 'That which has made them drunk hath made me bold:' I want you, Dom to emphasise the difference between the words, 'them' and, 'me'. 'them' refers to the King's servants who are supposed to be looking after him and This line means that Lady Macbeth has been drinking but not obviously as much as the King's guards. ...read more.


Yet at the same time I want you to be excited that it is your husband returning after he has done the deed. At this point Macbeth enters looking guilty. He should walk towards his wife slowly. Tom, I want you to show the complete opposite reaction to that of which Lady Macbeth is using. Dom, I want you to run towards your husband and hug him. Tom, you should perhaps push Lady Macbeth away from you, then you should say, 'I have done the deed. -Didst thou hear a noise?' The first part should be said in a sad and guilty way, the second part should be said as any normal question. 'I heard the owl scream and the crickets cry. Did you not speak?' This should be said excitedly. The next few lines should be said quickly as to give an impression of tension between the two characters. 'When? Now. As I descended? Ay. Hark!' Macbeth has suddenly realised something, ' Who lies in the second chamber?' Tom, I want you to make him suddenly even more scared than before. Lady Macbeth answers; 'Donalbain' and Macbeth should seem even more worried. After a short pause he should say his line, 'This is a sorry sight' and instantly Lady Macbeth walks over towards him and comforts him saying; 'A foolish though to say a sorry sight.' ...read more.


'A little water clears us of this deed: How easy is it then!' Lady Macbeth is saying that even though they have to live with the guilty conscience of murdering Duncan, no one will ever find out because they covered up so well. She goes on to say, 'Your constancy hath left you unattended. Hark! More knocking. Get on your night-gown, let occasion call us, and show us to be watchers. -Be not lost so poorly in your thoughts.' This means that Lady Macbeth has noticed that Macbeth has changed his personality since he has killed the King. She then says that they had better change before someone lets the person who is knocking inside. If Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are found wearing their day clothes it will arouse suspicion. Lady Macbeth should sound worried for Macbeth but also at the same time she should sound dominant to Macbeth. The final lines by Macbeth really finish off the scene. 'To know my deed, 'twere best not to know myself.' Macbeth says this to Lady Macbeth. It means that Macbeth would rather loose consciousness than to think about what he has done to the King. He should say this in a forlorn and guilty way. He then shouts, 'Wake Duncan with thy knocking:' This is to be shouted towards the place where the knocking is coming from. He ends the scene by muttering quietly to himself, 'I would thou couldst!' These last lines are saying. Try and wake up Duncan with your knocking: I wish you could. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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