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Choose three scenes from MacBeth and show how Shakespeare uses them for Dramatic Effect.

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DHRUTI PATEL TITLE: MACBETH ASSIGNMENT NO.5 (MT) HOLY CROSS SCHOOL, CENTRE NO.1441 Choose three scenes from MacBeth and show how Shakespeare uses them for Dramatic Effect. Especially in the context of the time in which it was written. The three scenes that I have chosen are Act 2, Scene 2, Act 3, Scene 2 and Act 5 Scene 1. The reason I have chosen these three scenes is because they represent Macbeths' relationship with Lady Macbeth and the development of Lady Macbeth's character and how her strength and power gradually weakens. Imagery plays an important role in the three scenes I have chosen because Shakespeare uses Imagery especially death and the supernatural to create a great impact on the audience. The reason it creates a great impact is because during the Shakespearian times, people believed in witchcraft. The two other ways that Shakespeare achieves Dramatic Effect are Irony and the Structure of the scenes, which shall also be discussed in this essay. In the beginning, Lady Macbeth was a powerful and strong woman. "That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold; What hath quenched them hath given me fire." Act 2, Scene 2. Page 53. The image of fire shows Lady Macbeths' strength and energy. In contrast to this in Act 5, Scene 1, Lady Macbeth has now lost control and gone mad. ...read more.

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People during the Shakespearian time saw owls as associated with witchcraft, particularly in the forest at dark where supernatural things would occur. The bellman rings at midnight and that's when strange things happen. Before the death of Banquo, Macbeth has very similar images in his mind that are associated with death. "Ere the bat hath flown His cloistered flight, ere to black Hecate's summons. The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums Hath rung nights' yawning peal." Act 3, Scene 2. Page 97. Black Hecate is the chief witch. Nights yawning peal is a curfew to let people know that they should be at home before dangerous things happen. This is linked to the bellman, which Lady Macbeth talks about in Act 2, Scene 1. It would have a great impact on the audience, who will expect something to happen. These images reflect back to what Lady Macbeth said before Duncan's murder. Shakespeare uses Irony to build up the Dramatic Effect of Lady Macbeth once being a strong woman to now becoming a weaker woman. At the beginning, Lady Macbeth talks about how Macbeth should not feel guilty about the death of Duncan and to go and wash his bloody hands. "My hands are of your colour; A little water clears us of this deed." Act 2, Scene 2. ...read more.

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Lady Macbeth says, "Yet here's a spot!" The Doctors' alarmed reaction "Hark! She speaks. I will set down what comes from her, to satisfy my remembrance the more strongly." In Act 5, Scene 1, Page 173. Macbeth and Lady Macbeths' relationship in the beginning was strong, they confided in each other, about everything, but she was strong and he was weak. Gradually Macbeth starts to become stronger and more evil, whereas Lady Macbeth starts to become weaker and goes mad, due to her conscience. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth don't confide in each other as much, though Lady Macbeth helps Macbeth to become stronger in his strength of character. This starts to cause their relationship to fall apart. Towards the end of the play, Macbeth and Lady Macbeths' relationship falls apart completely. Macbeth is the strong one and is powered by evil, while Lady Macbeth is weak and has totally gone mad that she dies. The message of this play, tells us that to kill a King in Shakespearian times was a sin and no good could come out of killing a King. This is the reason why Banquo is made out to be one of the good natured characters in the play because Banquo in real life did actually commit a crime but because he was a descendent of King James 1st, who Shakespeare wrote this play for, nothing bad could be said about the Royal Monarchy. ...read more.

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