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Act two, scene two is an important scene in 'Macbeth', because Macbeth stands up to his wife through out the second half of the scene. 'I'll go no more'.

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Macbeth coursework Adam Bowen Act two, scene two is an important scene in 'Macbeth', because Macbeth stands up to his wife through out the second half of the scene. 'I'll go no more'. This is a very important statement by Macbeth because up until this point he has been submissive towards his wife. It a turning point in the rest of the play and it makes them drift apart. Before the audience meets Macbeth he is referred to as 'brave Macbeth' and 'noble Macbeth'. They describe his heroic fighting in battle against the Norwegian invaders. All the characters admire him and respect him in the early scenes in the play. After the battle Macbeth and Banquo meet three witches 'upon a heath'. The witches foretold a prophecy to Macbeth. Macbeth is already the Thane of Glamis. "Witch 1. All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, thane of Glamis. Witch 2. All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, thane of Cawdor. Witch 3. All hail, Macbeth, thou shall be King hereafter." Macbeth is disturbed, but intrigued, by what he hears: 'Stay you imperfect speakers, tell me more!' This first prophecy comes true. Macbeth shortly finds out that he is in fact the Thane of Cawdor (because the thane of Cawdor has been found to be a traitor). ...read more.

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The first emotion he has is fear. ' I have done the deed. Didst thou not hear a noise?' The slightest noise is frightening Macbeth. The next emotion he has is shame. Shame at committing the murder. 'This is a sorry sight' (when he looks at his hands). The third emotion he has is total confusion and guilt. 'There's one did laugh in's sleep, and one cried "murder"'. He is riddled with guilt and he is so confused by his emotions and thoughts that he is having. He is distraught and he is questioning his conscience about what he has done.' But wherefore could not I pronounce "Amen"? I had most need of blessing, and "Amen" stuck in my throat.' The last emotions Macbeth has are paranoia and guilt together. 'Whence is that knocking? How i'st with me, when every noise appals me? What hands are here? Ha! They pluck out mine eyes! Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather make the multitudinous seas incarnadine, making the green one red.' In saying this Macbeth reveals his paranoid side but also his fear is showing through in what he has done. ...read more.

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Lady Macbeth is ambitious because she wants to be queen after she has read the letter from Macbeth. She is authoritarian after Macbeth has killed King Duncan. 'Go get some water, and wash this filthy witness from your hands'. When he refuses she does not challenge him. Instead she goes and does it for him. Lady Macbeth is rational after Macbeth has murdered King Duncan, but she is also worried about being discovered. Macbeth is submissive to Lady Macbeth until up this pivotal point in act two scene two. Macbeth is very frightened about what he has done immediately after he kills the King in act two scene two, and he starts to question his own sanity. 'Methought I heard a voice cry "sleep no more".' He does not care whether he is found out or not; he is too devastated by what he has done. Macbeth has a quality of language and character that Lady Macbeth has not got. Act two scene two is a pivotal point in the rest of the play, because Macbeth stops obeying his wife. The reasons for this are apparent. Macbeth has charismatic, strong, powerful, commanding qualities but is flawed. The relationship of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth grows ever increasingly apart as the play goes on, and when Macbeth finds out that his wife has committed suicide, he says 'she should have died hereafter'. A cold statement. ...read more.

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