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How does Shakespeare Create Atmosphere in Macbeth?

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Jonathan Memel Essay- how does Shakespeare Create Atmosphere in Macbeth? This Essay will provide two main purposes; To show how Shakespeare Develops atmosphere in Macbeth and secondly how I could introduce new Stage directions to emphasise the atmosphere even more. As the audience knows, A terrible deed is about to be performed in Act 2 scene 1 and therefore he tries to create an air of terrible tension and the characters are obviously nervous. "Give me my Sword- who's there?" -Line 10 Scene 1. Even though Banquo, as yet, has no idea about the murder, he is still jerky. He could be feeling the tension because of the eerie atmosphere created by Shakespeare with the use Of Sound as well as other characters mentioning the eerie night. As soon as he senses someone he immediately goes for his sword. This shows Banquo is immediately assuming that the other person is an enemy. His body language shows aggression and challenging behaviour. After this Macbeth immediately responds to Banquo by saying "a friend" (Line 11). This is ironic, as, although they are friends at this point, Macbeth is about to perform a deed that would certainly ruin their relationship. ...read more.

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Quiet music could be played in the Background to add to the mystery. "Whiles I threat, he lives; Words to the heat of deeds too cold breath gives." Line 60 Towards the end of the scene we see a change of opinion in Macbeth and, hence, a slight change of atmosphere. Macbeth now seems more purposeful and decided after his sighting of the dagger. The quote above mainly means that whilst he talks about the killing Duncan is still alive and hence he can't be King. This particular line shows that Macbeth is actually going to kill Duncan and he is now possibly turning into an evil person. "(A bell rings) I go and 'tis done, the bell invites me" Yet again we see Macbeth influence easily by outside experiences, this time in the form of sound. We often need something to give us that boost to doing something. Macbeth is interpreting the bell as Duncans Funeral bell. It is interesting to see that Macbeth's attitude to Coincidence and Supernatural things has changed after seeing the dagger. I would gradually introduce more movement and hand gestures as well as a stronger voice as Macbeth becomes more decided about what he is going to do. ...read more.

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Lady Macbeth is voicing the sane view, maybe. It is Ironic that she mentions that they will go mad, some would say Macbeth is already. Macbeth would be showing a lot of emotion and this could be expressed with his facial expression and lack of movement. Lady Macbeth could move to suggest that she is trying to block of Macbeth's thoughts. "To know my deed, 'twere best not know myself" Line 76 Towards the end of the scene they are both reflecting on how other people will react and after a lot of general conversation Macbeth concludes that he must turn over an new leaf and change himself in order to forget what he's done. This helps to create the atmosphere of chaos and panic as they both try to set up their allaby so that they look innocent. There is also a sense of a period of quiet before everyone gets to know and obvious chaos will break out yet again. Lady Macbeth should be running around getting everything read while Macbeth helps, although thinks to himself as well. You can see panic on both of their faces and they are talking with panicky voices yet quiet as not to wake anyone. ...read more.

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