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How does Shakespeare create a sense of climax in the play?

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How does Shakespeare create a sense of climax in the play? William Shakespeare wrote four great tragedies, the last of which was written in 1606 and titled Macbeth. In writing Macbeth, Shakespeare creates a sense of climax in Macbeth in many ways and these helped to make the story last long in reader's memory. They are: The pace of the scenes which rise the speed of the story; the increasing eruption of supernatural through the play, it works as a foreshadowing which makes the climax in the highest point; the increasing curiosity as to Macbeth's possible fate, these sense of fate and inevitability rise up the climax; the psychological collapse of Lady Macbeth; the build up of rhetoric to great soliloquy in the play are used to lead the readers to the think before the climax and give them a sense of it; and lastly, the tension created by the advancing army, it sparks off a tension to the readers to reach the excitement. Climax is the point of final decision which will determine the outcome for good or bad, success or not. In this play, we can found there were many minor climaxes. ...read more.


Macbeth saw a bloody dragger in front of him and it seems to be calling him to commit the murder. Right after the murder in Act 2 scene 2, Macbeth heard a voice cried 'Glamis hath murder sleep,...Macbeth shell sleep no more!' which was actually made by his conscience. The banquet scene in Act 3 scene 3, Macbeth saw a ghost of Banquo and Macbeth was lost control in front of the lords. Also in Act IV scene 1, Macbeth met the witches again, he was told that 'Beware the thane of Fife' 'for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth'. Before the climax, we still have two prophecies not yet fulfill, those prophesies make an unclear message to the readers, so that they were more interest in the ending of Macbeth. As the mystery things always made people think and puzzled, so the increasing eruption of supernatural in the play rises continuously to the excitement. Besides, it pushes up the emotion of the readers. Therefore, Shakespeare used this way to create a sense of climax. The increasing curiosity as to Macbeth's possible fate, these sense of fate and inevitability rise up the climax. ...read more.


Therefore, it creates the sense of excitement. Lastly, the tension created by the advancing army was used to create the sense of climax too. In Act V scene 5, the messenger told Macbeth 'I looked toward Birnam, and anon, methought, the wood began to move.' Here shown another of the witches prophecies became true, this bring the reader to a higher stage which the climax is about to begin. The fight between the young Siward and Macbeth not allowed the reader to take a breath. On the other hand, if the prophecies are real, Macbeth should not defeated by Macduff. Many questions hang in the reader's mind, at this moment, the climax came. In other words, Shakespeare creates the sense of climax by the questions with no answer and the sudden growing speed made by the rapid rising actions. From the above conclusion, Shakespeare creates the climax in different ways which helped to keep the audience focusing in the plot. In the climax, Macbeth can give up or go on, and this will be the final decision of his life. Climax works as the most important part of one play which makes the play last for long. Shakespeare did well in this part so that's why today we are still studying his products. This paper is the property of freeforessays.com Copyright ?2002-2003 ...read more.

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