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After Macbeth has finished talking to Banquo about his troubles, Banquo leaves Macbeth in the deep of night by himself. When the servant has then left Macbeth then begins to dream, and falls intoa fantasy. This is when the first murder of Duncan is ha...

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Introduction

After Macbeth has finished talking to Banquo about his troubles, Banquo leaves Macbeth in the deep of night by himself. When the servant has then left Macbeth then begins to dream, and falls into a fantasy. This is when the first murder of Duncan is hallucinated, this is written as a soliloquy. To extract the full potential of this scene and to bring the audience to the edge of their seats I would have Macbeth at the front of the stage. But to distance him from the crowd he would have to draw himself away from them, using his physical presence. By doing this they could we the audience would be able to see how he is stuck in his fantasy. This would make the scene much more effective and frightening for the audience and would let them delve into the workings of a corrupted mind. The physical presence can be felt by words such as "clutch", "palpable" and "fatal vision". ...read more.

Middle

The alliteration also helps to intensify the violent crime. When the "knell" rings to tell Macbeth to go and kill Duncan, he says a very ominous few words. "Hear it not Duncan for it is a knell that summons you to heaven or hell". The rhyme in this and also the alliteration makes what Macbeth is saying more prominent in peoples minds and would have also sharpened the atmosphere in the audience for the events that follow .To intensify this I would make the actor become a part of the crowd and really focus on the audience. Whilst Macbeth is away doing the deed lady Macbeth becomes very anxious and nervy . Because the murder could not be performed on stage because of technical reasons and because aswell it was thought that seeing the murder may have lost the seriousness for the scene it seems right that lady Macbeth should narrate this part . ...read more.

Conclusion

"Hangmans hands" , the alliteration of this is used to make gruesome images in the audiences minds , and also shows how unstable Macbeth is in his nightmare . "Sleep no more , Macbeth does murder sleep ." , this is very clever because it illustrates that Macbeth is very woried about what he has done and because of that he has created these thoughts in his mind that because he killed Duncan in his sleep he shall never sleep again . With this the audience can now understand that Macbeth has a weak character and is worried now and is starting to show remorse . At this stage Lady Macbeth has authority over the predicament and tries to calm down Macbeth . "Consider it not so deeply ..., it will make us mad" , Lady Macbeth's solidarity is back and treats Macbeth as a child . Here she is reliable and in complete control and looks to be the one who is the directing force behind this act. ...read more.

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