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Direct Actor Playing Macbeth

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Direct the actor playing "Macbeth" In Act 2 Scene 1, Macbeth is waiting for the signal to murder Duncan. When he says lines 34 to 64, I think he (the actor) should vary his loudness of voice all through the speech. I think this because he is seeing an illusion, and would therefore be going slightly hysterical and forgetting his situation in places, allowing his voice to raise. However, he would realise what he is about to do and should then lower his voice. In some places I think he would even whisper, as he would not want anyone to hear him. When Macbeth says "Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible to feeling as to sight" I think that the actor should stretch out a hand in front of him. He should do this because he is trying to figure out whether the dagger is real or not, so would try and see if he could feel it. I also think that when he realises he cannot feel it, that he should make grabbing motions with his hand, as if he was trying to bring the dagger towards him. ...read more.


Also, he would be full of guilt and emotion, so he would not have much control over his emotions. Also, when Macbeth says, "Whence is that knocking?" He should sound irritated and nervous, because he might be afraid he was imagining it, like he has imagined so many other things in the play. When he says this, he should also look around him, as if wondering where the knocking is coming from. I think this because he would be thinking that some one had found out about what he had done - as he would be paranoid. When Macbeth says "I'll go no more: I am afraid to think what I have done", I think that he should put emphasis on the word 'think', showing that what he has done is bothering him. I also think he should say it in an angry manner, as if he is angry with Lady Macbeth for asking him to return to the room. However, I think he should pause between the end of that line, and when he says the next line "Look on't again I dare not". This second line should be said more softly than the first, and I think he should turn to look at where Duncan's bedroom is. ...read more.


less significant) than the messenger. After the messenger tells him about the wood moving, Macbeth says "Liar and slave!" This line should be said very forcefully, as this event is the thing he has been dreading would happen. Also, he would be paranoid that the messenger was lying to him, and so would not want to believe what he was saying. He should also say it angrily, as he was certain that a wood could not move, and so would be angry that the messenger was lying. When he says this line, I think that he should move quickly towards the messenger, and grasp the front of his clothes - as if he is going to attack him. This action would show just how worried Macbeth is of this event really happening. Finally, in his last speech in this scene, Macbeth says "and now, a wood comes towards Dunsinane". I think that Macbeth should shout this line, and as he does so he should move towards the wall (if he is on top of a castle or something), where he can see the people moving towards the castle. This would seem as if Macbeth was almost talking to the wood, which would emphasize his odd mental state. It would also make him seem real angry that this prediction came true. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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