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How does Shakespeare Make Act 1 Scene 5 in Macbeth more dramatic for the audience?

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How does Shakespeare make act 1 scene 5 more dramatic for the audience? The play Macbeth is set in Scotland, where the Scottish are at war with the Norwegians, and the battle has just been won and the thane or Cawdor as just been found to be guilty of treason. The landscape is mountainous and dull and the weather is always cold and miserable. The supernatural is always associated with storms and lighting etc. Which were thought to invoke the forces of evil? Macbeth castle looks very drab also although Duncan referred to it as pleasant "this castle hath a pleasant seat; the air nimbly and sweetly recommends itself unto our gentle senses." Macbeth's letter to his wife tells her of what the witches foretold, in the letter Macbeth seems to be treating Lady Macbeth as the master "my dearest partner of greatness" which is very unusual for the time in which the play is set and so also adds to the dramatic tension and suspense. ...read more.

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She wants to be helped to have no regrets or hesitation in doing whatever it takes to gaining the crown. Lady Macbeth, in her mind, has already decided how she is going to carry out the murder. "That my keen knife see not the wound it makes". Some people refer to Lady Macbeth as "the fourth witch" because of the way she doesn't have to think about her methods of gaining kingship and the way she can manipulate her husband so well. Lady Macbeth learns that Duncan is staying the night and leaving in the morning "tomorrow as he purposes" so both her and the audience know that she is going to have to commit the murder that night, creating tension. Lady Macbeth now has only one night to do the deed, she feels that she will have to do it because she thinks Macbeth isn't a murderer and won't be able to do it. ...read more.

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"Look like t'innocent flower but be the serpent under't." She seems to be telling Macbeth how to behave, another piece of evidence showing Lady Macbeths dominance over Macbeth. Macbeth then says "we will speak further" this will create massive dramatic tension because the audience will want to resume the conversation and find out more of the plot. Macbeth is very optimistic, meaning he is definitely thinking of carrying out Lady Macbeths plan, creating suspense. The dramatic climax of the scene is at the end "leave it to me" Lady Macbeth once again shows her dominance over Macbeth. "Only look up clear; to alter favour ever is to fear" rhyming couplet, link to supernatural creating tension. Shakespeare makes Lady Macbeth the strongest character to make the play more interesting and to create massive tension. Her being evil makes the play even more interesting still but the way she asks the supernatural for help with making her unremorseful and cruel wouldn't only create excitement and suspense; it would also disturb the audience. ...read more.

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