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How does Shakespeare make Act 1 Scene 5 dramatic for the watching audience?

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How does Shakespeare make Act 1 Scene 5 dramatic for the watching audience? Shakespeare immediately creates a tense and dramatic atmosphere by using the witches' to lead the audience to be fascinated by the supernatural powers of the witches'. The audience find it dramatic because supernatural powers create a tense and exciting atmosphere by leaving the audience to wonder exactly what will happen when using and exploring these powers. Lady Macbeth is a strong and dominant character. In order to emphasize this, Shakespeare introduces this character to the audience by having her on stage alone. The audience find this more dramatic because it allows them to focus on Lady Macbeth completely and also they can now see what she is capable of and can see she is quite prepared to be tempted by the devil and she will drive her husband to commit evil. At the start of the scene, there is a view of the castle. It looks lonely and secluded leaving the audience in suspense, as they know something dark, evil and cold could or might happen in these surroundings. There is also an element of irony as King Duncan says, "The air is nimble and sweet." But after the upcoming night it will be bitter and vile. The scene opens with Lady Macbeth reading a letter from her husband. ...read more.


This means she plans to nag him until he is ashamed of himself for being afraid to be bad. As she sees it is only fear that is keeping him from wearing the crown. This part of the scene is quite dramatic for the audience as they are trying to think how Lady Macbeth will entice him in to achieving their ambition. When Lady Macbeth talks to herself after reading the letter she speaks in an intense enthusiasm. This makes it more dramatic for the audience because they realize something exhilarating is going to happen. The tension here increases as nothing straight away happens the longer the audience have to wait the more apprehension and anticipation there is. When Lady Macbeth says "pour my spirits in thine ear," the drama is immense and the audience are fascinated as she in speaking breathless and also has mentioned using 'spirits', which the audience know the word spirit is to do with supernatural powers. Lady Macbeth wants the spirits to take away her feminine side and dehumanise her. In this part of the scene she delivers the passage in a commanding tone. This emphasizes she is a strong and dominant character and will do her utmost to influence Macbeth's view and when she has spoken to him he will be certain that any problems would be overcome. ...read more.


This part of the scene is very dramatic for the audience probably because of the fast pace of the plot and the tone of Lady Macbeth's voice. Her voice is very high pitched and makes the audience think something thrilling and breathtaking is going to happen. When Macbeth says that Duncan will leave "to-morrow," she responds, "O, never shall sun that morrow see!" The sun will rise, but not on a tomorrow in which Duncan is alive. The decision and the plan has been made quickly by Lady Macbeth and she can see Macbeth's concern, which she knew was his weakness. This is a very effective way of creating drama for the audience because insecurity and instability creates more tension for the audience. She tells him all he has to do is put on a pleasant face and "leave all rest to me." This quote ends the scene with a tone of finality and the audience know for sure what the plan is and wait in suspense to see if it is successful This has made up Macbeth's mind for him. Lady Macbeth uses vivid imagery to persuade and influence him. "But be the serpent under't." this is particularly successful as they will have to be sly like a snake. At the end of the scene the audience feel the power of Lady Macbeth's determination and will power and also feel that they have been dramatically linked in the world of supernatural powers in some way. Rebecca Coates ...read more.

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