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Commentary Act 3 scene 6 - Macbeth.

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Introduction

Commentary Act 3 scene 6 This extract from Shakespeare's Macbeth is a choric scene, where the two speakers, the lord and Lennox examine the current situation where Banquo was just murdered and Fleance just escaped. The tone of the entire scene is unsure, because it depends how the actors say the their phrases. The two characters slowly reach an accord through careful, cautious language. Lennox starts the conversation with careful and elastic language. He begins with "Things have been strangely borne", the meaning of it starts a suggestive suspicion. Using adjective such as "gracious", and "right valiant", he describes Banquo and Duncan honorably, but not to Macbeth. This omission adds the sense of suspicion to Macbeth because that Macbeth's name is mentioned, but strangely without honorable adjectives. A sense of irony is presented in the passage that contributes to the suggestiveness of the passage. "the gracious Duncan was pitied of Macbeth, but the fact was Macbeth never pitied Duncun. The irony is strengthened by the contrast that Duncun is gracious and Macbeth has killed graciousness. ...read more.

Middle

The slave's innocence is shown when Lennox mentions the slaves of being guilty of sleeping, suggesting that they cannot avoid of being guilty anyway, since them being sleeping has the same consequences of them as running away. However, blaming the slaves also contrast that Lennox never blames Macbeth. This omission to blame him suggests that he has fear over Macbeth, and allows him to show sarcasm towards him. Lennox's meanings are shown to be clear, but some meanings are only shown through implication. His question "was not that nobly done?" shows sarcasm, because the spoken voice of done is going upwards. At the same time, Lennox's speech contains heavy religious feelings. He calls on heaven, "as, an't please heaven, he shall not-they should find what 'twere to kill a father. "Heaven" is significant since it echoes the before mentioned "pious", "peace" "pitied" and "gracious", these are words meaning moral goodness. Lennox describes Macbeth using the word "tyrant", a word which has negative meanings, since a tyrant deserves to be thrown off, and also the word suggest further murders beyond. ...read more.

Conclusion

By doing this, he clearly shows anger in his speech, and this contrasts with the careful language Lennox used earlier on. The changing in syntax in lines 48-49 allows the ed in the word "accursed" to be stressed. Line 49 is enormously powerful, with the words "under" and "accursed" The word "under" suggests that there's a weight on top, and this weight clearly indicate the fact that a tyrant is ruling. Accursed with a stressed ed strengthens the sound, making the blame on Macbeth even more powerful. The scene ends with a prayer, "I'll send my prayers with him", which is an optimist ending to the fear and worry of the country both people had in the conversation. My personal response to the passage is that the two people first start the conversation extremely carefully, because they could risk their lives if they are not. They are both afraid of Macbeth, but they could only speak consciously about it. The fear is dominating the first part of the passage that it is filled with sarcasm and irony. Both people have their internal thoughts about the current event, and they had been intelligent to speak in such a way that they themselves are not harmed. ...read more.

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