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How Does Shakespeare Create Differing Moods In These Scenes Through The Language The Characters Use?

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How Does Shakespeare Create Differing Moods In These Scenes Through The Language The Characters Use? Act IIi and Act Viii In the beginning of Act IIii it is dark and night has settled in. The scene opens with some casual conversation, which tells us that it's very dark, and that something bad is about to happen. Macbeth enters with a servant and has an awkward conversation with Banquo. This is signified by the conversation about Duncan. Macbeth wishes for Banquo's presence in the killing and the betrayal of Duncan. The fact that it is night sends a sense of creepiness. It gives the sense that there is going to be a murder due to the awkwardness of the conversation. With the night and moon lurking about it gives a sense of evil. It is the time when evil deeds shall be thought of, discussed of, or carried out. It heightens the mood darkness and how evil will take over the night. ...read more.


This gives a sense of madness, which also symbolizes the fact that this is a dark and dreadful scene. The fact that there is blood on the dagger heightens the supernatural mood to the atmosphere. He starts to break up his sentences and he pauses quite often and the quick broken up sentences suggest that Macbeth is in a troubled frame of mind. He asks himself many questions concerning the dagger and this alone heightens the supernatural theme. Macbeth also starts to use repetition a lot with the words dagger and blood. Those two words are mentioned several times, and it is because they amplify the darkness and supernatural mood to the scene as they are hallucinations and they are making Macbeth go mad. In the last few lines of the soliloquy we see a totally different Macbeth. "I go and it is done. The bell invites me. Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell that summons thee to heaven or to hell." ...read more.


When Macbeth says, "I am not afraid of death" we see a glimpse of the real Macbeth - the courageous and loyal Macbeth. We can tell of what type of mood it is by what some of the characters say. Macbeth, in lines 30 - 38 uses very short sentences with excessive punctuation. This gives of a nervy sort of mood showing apprehension. The long sentences used in lines 18-29 are used to show the inner Macbeth and he reflects on the things he hasn't got and his mistakes. This gives off a despairing mood at a nervous time. This is because he is still waiting to see if the prophecy is correct. There is some confusion. This is when Macbeth wants his armour and he is listening to the doctor yet he still does not take everything in. There is a lot of confusion and much anticipation concerning Birnam Wood and if it arrives at Dunsinane as that event will determine Macbeth's future. ?? ?? ?? ?? By Anush Vasireddy ...read more.

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