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Describe how Shakespeare create dramatic tension in this scene. Refer closely to the text in you essay. Macbeth.

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Describe how Shakespeare create dramatic tension in this scene. Refer closely to the text in you essay. Macbeth was written in 1606 by William Shakespeare who was born in 1564 and died in 1616. At that time witchcraft was strongly believed so the play would have made a big impact on society in the 1600's. Throughout Shakespeare's life withc's and witchcraft were objects of morbid and fevered fascination. Between1560 and 1603, hundreds of people ( nearly all women) were convicted as being a witch and were executed. In act1 scene 1 we have the pleasure of meeting the 3 witches, when they enter there is a sound of thunder and lightning. Shakespeare creates the mood by using thunder and lightening, at the time thunder and lightning was superstious, it was believed that the fierce storms releases forces of evil and omens of unrest. The way the witch's speak is in rhyme which sets a chant. The witch's say " fair is foul, foul is fair" this emphasises that appearances can't be trusted whether good or bad, which will leave you wondering whether the witch's are good or evil, this quote will make the witch's seem like they are good, this mood is set for the rest of the play, that it will be hard to trust appearences. At the begginning of scene 1 act2 there os a feice battle takeing place between Norway and Scotland. The battle seems to be going on for eternity until macbeth enters which sets a reputation for Macbeth for being a brave, feirce and good soldier because his introduction was " For brave macbeth well deserves that name disdainting fortune, with his brandished steel which smoked with bloody execution". Macbeth starts to battle his way through the Norwegein soldiers until he reaches the evil Macdonald. With a quick, clean swipe of his bloody sword he chops off Macdonald head, picks it up and sticks it upon a battlement. ...read more.


There is also a lexis of movement with " stealthy pace " , " ravishing strides " and " moves like a ghost " this emphasises Macbeth is going throught the plan because he will have to move like a ghost not to be seen or heared but at the same time at a fast pace, he uses the words " Tarquin's ravishing strides " that emphasises that Macbeth is like Tarquin because he is a war general and a prince eho is heir to the throne. Macbeth then quotes " thou sure and firm-set earth, hear not my steps, which way they walk, for fear thy very stones prate of my where about " this ephasises that Macbeth is worried that he might be discovered murdering duncan. Macbeth realises that he is only tyring t odelay his task which emphasises how much he does not want to do it and how he changed because he used to be a brutal, heartless soldier who wouldn't hesetate to kill anyone but now he can't 1 person, this is shown in " whiles i threat, he lives ". There is a bell ring in the stage directions and that can only mean 1 thing, that it is the signal to Macbeth that Lady Macbeth has drugged the quards and the coast is clear to go and kill the king, the audience will be suprised because they would all have thought that he wouldn't kill him. Macbeth says " I go, and its done " shakespeare uses short simple sentences to make it seem resigned. this emphasiises that whi a stab of a knife and it is done. The last sentence to the end of the scene is where Macbeth is about to leave to kill the king " hear it not, Duncan, for its a knell that summons thh to heaven or to hell " this emphasises that the bell that he heard was a " knell " at Duncan's funeral which will send Duncan to ...read more.


emphasises that he feels such guilt that his hands will change the colour of the sea and it emphasises the enormity of the crime. Lady Macbeth has returned from placing the dagger next to the guards. She then says that her hands are the same colour as Macbeth's and that she is ashamed to have a white heart which shows she has no courage, there is a contast between Lady Macbeth because she has just covered 2 drunk guard with the dead kings blood and she then says she has no courage. There is another stage direction of a knocking which creates more tension because the person who is knocking hasn't left. Lady Macbeth says " Retire we to our chamber ", they are going to their chamber so they can pretend that they were there when Duncan was murdered. There is contrast in guilt because Macbeth says that gods oceans can't clean his hands and then Lady Macbeth says that a little bit of water will clean them. There is another knocking which creates more tension due to the frequency increasing. Lady Macbeth is still in control because she is demanding Macbeth around by telling him to " Get your night-gown" , which that they will be going back to their chamber to sleep soon. Once again there is another knock which creates tension and expectation towards the end of the scene. Macbeth's last sentence of this scene is " Wake Duncan with thy knocking; I would thou couldst. " the scene ends with Macbeth full of regret and still many unanswered questions leaving the audience awaiting more. The main point of what i have done are the witches , the dark atomsphere , the contrast of lies and honesty between Macbeth and Banquo who are good friends, the soliquy when Macbeth is left on the stage on his own after he murdered the king of Scotland and the audience having to wait to see if Duncan has been killed. By Jack Thomas ...read more.

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