• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Explain why Act 2. Scene 2. Is a turning point in the play for Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. How should the actors playing these characters behave to show the audience what they are feeling?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Shakespeare Unit. GCSE. Sept 2002. Explain why Act 2. Scene 2. Is a turning point in the play for Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. How should the actors playing these characters behave to show the audience what they are feeling? In the First Act we learn that Macbeth is thought of as a very noble, loyal, brave man. "For brave Macbeth ... O valiant cousin, worthy gentlemen!" Macbeth was victorious in a battle on behalf of the kingdom and gets lots of praise from the king, and the other soldiers, and unknown to him is soon be given the title, 'Thane Of Cawdor'. Banquo and Macbeth are travelling home and they came across 3 witches. These witches prophisize that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor and that soon after he will become king. "All hail Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor! ...All hail Macbeth! Thalt shalt be King hereafter." Macbeth doesn't pay to much attention to them and continues on with his journey, when he returns home, he finds out that the King is coming to stay with him and Lady Macbeth in their castle. Macbeth then finds out of the title and tells Lady Macbeth of the three witches prophesies, and then Lady Macbeth starts to hatch a plan. Macbeth was so horrified of the idea of killing Duncan because in those days, people believed in something, which was called the divine right of kings. ...read more.

Middle

It reminds us that lady Macbeth still has some humanity because it might help the audience to understand why she does what she does at the end of the play. Lady Macbeth hears an owl screech while she is waiting for Macbeth and jumps, as she is clearly quite nervous even though earlier on in the play she says "That, which hath made them drunk, hath made me bold." This is obviously not the case. Lady Macbeth may say this half-jokingly and holding the cup up near to her face, which she drinks it. When Macbeth comes to meet his wife they are both nervous, yet they seem excited to, as they don't speak in full sentences, it's a short, sharp exchange of words. "When" , "Now" , "as, I descended" , "Aye". His shows the audience that they are worried, nervous etc. They will at this maybe looking around them to see if there is anyone coming, or looking at each other trying to see what the other is thinking. Macbeth also still has hold of the daggers, which makes the tension in the scene increase. Macbeth can't seem to believe he has committed such a crime as he says, "This is a sorry sight". He is also referring to his hands, which are covered in blood, Macbeth must have been putting his head in his hands at this point for him not to notice, therefore holding them up in front of his face. ...read more.

Conclusion

Whereas Macbeth is still in shock of the crime he had committed. Shakespeare conveys that Lady Macbeth and Macbeth's relationship is slowly deteriorating, as Macbeth seems to be acting crazily and Lady Macbeth seems evil and calculating and in control of the situation. The knocking still carrying on, lady Macbeth appears annoyed and urges her husband, to his chamber, where they can hide and come across as innocent to the murder if it is discovered. Shakespeare has once again let Lady Macbeth take control. Shakespeare has cleverly used language and structure of sentences manages to create a lot of tension and excitement in this scene. He uses the right language in the right places to make the characters and the play really believable. Towards the end of the play Macbeth becomes overwhelmed by guilt and fear, he murders anyone he suspects might know. Eventually the heir to crown kills Macbeth, after Lady Macbeth has taken her own life as she is overcome by the guilt. King James and the rest of the Shakespearean audience would have wanted the murders and lies and drama, this is probably what they would have expected. Sacrilege was believed to have been punished by God. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth were the murderers so this would have added excitement; the witches added some eerieness and supernatural theme to the play. These are good choices for the play at that particular time, and it still makes it good today. Charlotte Pooley 11L ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Macbeth section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Macbeth essays

  1. An analysis of Act2 Scene2 (II.2) from Macbeth

    When she hears someone speaking, she is very worried that someone has woken up. She then shows that her call to the evil spirits has not been answered, as she still is 'too full of the milk of human kindness' which she accused Macbeth of having in an earlier scene.

  2. How does Shakespeare portray the characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth up to Act ...

    How ever all this changes, because of certain circumstances and situations that come Macbeth and Lady Macbeths way. Therefore their reputation as loyal servants to the King change to power hungry, selfish people whose only desire is the throne and more.

  1. How does Shakespeare create dramatic tension inAct 2 Scene 1 and 2?

    As Lady Macbeth is thinking that she would be a better killer than Macbeth, he appears, and says, [10]"I have done the deed". This is the point where we know for definite that the murder went ahead. But though he has done the murder, he can't handle the psychological consequences.

  2. Shakespeare's Macbeth - Act 2 Scene 2.

    Lady Macbeth will shrink back into dark shadows, shocked by the quiet noise. This reaction will show how anxious she really is about what is happening. When she hears the owl she says 'Hark', telling herself to listen. Then when she says 'peace' she is telling herself to be quiet

  1. What do you learn of the characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in Act ...

    Our impression of Macbeth from the first scene is one of evil; we immediately assume this due to his association with the witches. In scene two the action starts to unfold. The setting has changed dramatically, from the witches' shadowy world to the physical world where there is battle and action.

  2. With Particular reference to Act 1 and Act 2, explain why Lady Macbeth would ...

    "Glamis thou art and Cawdor...promised." She does not question what the witches have said in any way but immediately decides to stop her husband being "full of the milk of human kindness," and to help him make the prophecy come true.

  1. Discuss What Shakespeare Conveys About Macbeth and Lady Macbeths Relationship in Act 1, Act ...

    By ridding herself of femininity she can then carry out the immoral deeds not traditional of a woman of that period. By "make thick my blood" Lady Macbeth is no longer held back by womanly expectations and she now has more control of herself and influence over others i.e. Macbeth.

  2. Explain why Act 2 Scene 2 is a turning point in the play for ...

    As soon as she receives and reads this letter and its contents she is delighted to hear the news and quickly begins scheming and thinking of a plan. She does however realize that she must wait for Macbeth to return home before she can speak with him about her ideas;

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work