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Discuss the impact Shakespeare is trying to achieve in Act 2 scene 3 of ‘Macbeth’, and explain how you would present this scene on stage.

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Discuss the impact Shakespeare is trying to achieve in Act 2 scene 3 of 'Macbeth', and explain how you would present this scene on stage. I intend to set the play inside Macbeth's home. I think Shakespeare is trying to create the impact of how Macbeth is feeling to the people, to show his emotions and how he is trying to cover up the fact that he did the murder, but not doing it very well. I think I will do a modern version of this scene, having dramatic music from the time of the murder right throughout the scene, to show the intensity of the scene to the audience. Also from watching the newest version of Macbeth, I liked the way they had made the scene and I think I would follow along those lines in some way. The scene begins early in the morning, where there is a knocking at the door. The porter has a long speech, which is meant to be funny and give a break to the audience from all the action and misery. Often these sorts of people tell jokes, the porter, especially 'knock knock' jokes as they have done in this scene. Once the porter has opened the door Macduff and Lennox enters the scene; they are here to wake the king. ...read more.

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I think from this scene Shakespeare wants to create a build up of tension in the atmosphere to keep the audience right with the play, because a lot of the time if a play is very tense the audience is usually tense. As for the beginning part with the porter, I think it was put in there to calm everyone down before the dramatic part of the scene. From the overview of the scene I have just done it gives me my basic idea for my own version of the play, I think for starters I shall keep to the tension being made, but I will try and dramatise the scene more with use of a modern scene and dramatic music. I got this inspiration from watching Shakespeare Shorts version of this scene, with Rys Ifans, where it is set in modern times, the porters part appeals to me especially. I think the time of day is very important for this scene and also the weather outside is to be considered. I think early morning time, 6:00 AM, and the weather would be foggy outside with low lying, but large, clouds. I think this would create the sense of early morning, perhaps the break of dawn where the king's men have gotten up early to wake him. ...read more.

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Next is the way he needs to express his lines, I think it needs to be short sharp sentences, and whenever a knock is heard he, the porter, needs to stop and look around as if looking for where the knock came from. Lennox and Macduff are almost as a pair I think because they come on the scene together and act the same. I think that when Macduff and the porter are talking, Macduff needs to not take the porter seriously about his opinion on what drink does to you. Lennox says nothing up until the point where Macbeth enters the scene. Lennox and Macduff need to talk in a serious manner to Macbeth, they will talk while walking down the corridor, which leads to the king's room. Macbeth needs to show the tension and anxiety which is growing inside him up until the point where the king is found dead, this is where his anxiety will leave him but the tension will increase, his lines need to be drawn out and long winded. I think those are the main points for Macbeth. Lastly Lady Macbeth, she has to show the evil that she holds inside her. I think the main part to focus on is the bit where she knows Macbeth is opening up like a book and decides to fake a faint which breaks the long winded speeches of Macbeth. ...read more.

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