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Choose two scenes from Shakespeare's 'Macbeth.' Discuss these scenes in an analytical essay.

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Choose two scenes from Shakespeare's 'Macbeth.' Discuss these scenes in an analytical essay At the outset of this scene, we are able to ascertain due to the careful sculpturing of Shakespeare's, that Lady Macbeth is a practical kind of women from what is emanated from her soliloquy, who is imbued with an aura of insecurity full of consternation for her husband's dangerous ploy. She is ever weary of the "fatal bellman" who would signal the demise of her husband with the "stern'st goodnight" however here we can see the interwoven theme of death occurring with the allusion to the toll of the bell rung outside the cell of those condemned at Newgate Prison. This would also appeal to those in Jacobean times due to the current fixation with treason and the Gunpowder plot to eradicate the king, serving as a focusing device to grab the audience's attention. As Lady Macbeth waits, the dramatic tension builds even once Macbeth enters the chamber, as he cries "who's there?" At this point, she could be pacing the room, looking apprehensive also in the dark, which would further contribute to the effect when Macbeth enters trying to establish where she is. This would also serve in the general panic of the scene, as Lady Macbeth is held in suspense for the outcome of the murder, the audience focusing solely on her. Also in order to eliminate the need of special effects, this scene could be off stage until Lady Macbeth bursts in and meets Macbeth. ...read more.


This is an example of dramatic irony, in water being used to cleanse them from their part in this deed, despite the abhorrence of such sin in the sight of purity. She is a stark contrast in character portrayal to Macbeth who is fretting for fear of being found out along with the settling apprehension of what he's done as he say's of Duncan he would wake him "would thou could'st" portraying to the audience a change of mind within Macbeth who seeks to resurrect King Duncan however has to face the solemn fact he can't. At the outset of this next scene I wish to look at we see Lady Macbeth and Macbeth for the first time depicted with their elevated social circle enjoying those with whom they associate with in a banquet to commemorate their regal status. Macbeth tries to paint this false fa´┐Żade in an attempt to stop any animosity from being portrayed but then jeopardises his ploy at being the "humble host" a subtle use of alliteration, by using the word "play." This would infer a temporal state pertaining to a change as we can see in the latter part of the scene. A theme of appearance and reality is intimated here due to Macbeth's appearance being a complete inverse to his inner thoughts, in seeking to veto Banquo's life yet trying to proclaim himself in an unostentatious way. Which also could be perceived as dramatic irony. Macbeth at this early stage in the scene is fairly composed, however we can observe a gradual change as he meets with the murders, he then asks if Banquo has been "Dispatched." ...read more.


This is quite strange, as animals would symbolise a harmonic state of things, where as the thing Macbeth is describing is of a total contrast, used to emphasis the detrimental sight of Banquo's ghost. The scene then draws to a close, alluring to the Divine Right Of Kings, along with religious issues invoked "blood will have blood." This would also link back to the old Hebraic saying "Man who lives by the word will die by the sword" Macbeth has slighted the ways of the universe, the equilibrium has been altered, "Stones have been known to move" the hierachery of the heavens has been changed by false means in the demise of Duncan. Macbeth will have to reap what is sowed linking back to Act 2. Scene 2. Also mystics are pertained to in Macbeth's speech "Understood relations by maggot-pies", who had premonitions for the future beholding it in birds. Also reference to biblical saying "dust to dust" could be pertained to by reference of "maggots" referring to earthen things and ultimately death, which Macbeth will have to face. This would really captivate the attention of those in Jacobean times more effectively than those of the modern day, as they believed the supernatural, Shakespeare integrating it to focus the audience on Macbeth. The scene culminates in a theme of sleep linking back to Act 2 Scene 2, in Macbeth thinking this is the root of this "self abuse" however he say's "young in deed" would reflect his mentality that he has further obstacles to clear to stop them hampering his seemingly aspiring progress, despite such denigration. ...read more.

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