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Before and After the Murder - Act 2 scene 1 and 2 (Macbeth).

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Introduction

Before and After the Murder Act 2 scene 1 and 2 Act 2 Scene 1 is one of the important scenes of Macbeth; this is the scene before the murder. Often said to have a very murderous mood and a tense eery atmosphere. Before the murder Macbeth and Lady Macbeth prepare and act very differently towards each other. In the court of Macbeth's castle Banquo asks 'Who's there' Macbeth replies saying a friend, there is a difference between two friends, this is ironic as he lies to Banquo. Macbeth is ready to kill yet he tells Banquo that he has not given the witches a second thought. How can Macbeth be a friend if he is prepared to lie to him and kill Duncan? Banquo is a honourable character and says he will not turn against the king. Macbeth was an ambitious, ruthless royalty; this was his weakness leading him to commit a crime of murder. Macbeth behaves on edge and confused, he says 'The handle toward my hand?' 'To feelings as to sight?' 'Proceeding from the heat - oppressed brain?' ...read more.

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Banquo cannot sleep he say she is having cursed thoughts this builds tension before the murder. Everyone speaks in whispers, this adds the effect of secrets being hidden. Macbeth and the audience are tense because we are intrigued to find out if Banquo suspects anything about the murder. In the Macbeth soliquoy Shakespeare uses a vocabulary of words such as 'blade and dungeon gouts of blood' and 'bloody' this gives a harsh reality to what he has to do. The atmospheres between characters are misty, spooky and mysterious. Act 2 Scene 2 takes place after the murder if King Duncan this scene begins with Lady Macbeth alone in darkness waiting for her husband she is quite tense. The atmosphere is tense secretive, eery and it is a dark night. After the murder at the beginning Macbeth regrets murdering the king he says 'This sorry sight' Lady Macbeth replies with ' a foolish though to say a sorry sight.' Macbeth behaves tense nervous and on edge. He is looking his hands it shows he is still regretting what he has done showing remorse for his crime, after this we a get a clear idea Lady Macbeth is in control again. ...read more.

Conclusion

Lady Macbeth disagrees and does not believe this she is saying that even thou she has done this crime with him, she is ashamed he such a coward. A little water clears us of this deed: How easy is it then' she is saying that how this has not affected her, this shows us how heartless Lady Macbeth is. The two remaining orders she gave were to get your nightgown and to stop worrying. Macbeth says 'To know my deed, 'twere best not know myself.' He says that, if he excepts what he has done he rather not know himself. 'Wake Duncan with thy knocking! I would thou couldst' ~If he could turn back the hands of time, he would have Duncan alive. He feels bad and remorse for what he has done. Lady Macbeth in total control and ordering Macbeth around. Macbeth says ' God bless us and Amen the other' this shows he is standing up to her and they are falling apart. Their relationship changes Macbeth gains power as Lady Macbeth looses it. He becomes over confident and evil. His ambition is often thought to be a good quality for him but he takes it too far to get what he wants. He is confused between reality and dreams. ...read more.

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