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How does Shakespeare use language and dramatic devices to highlight the state of mind of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in Act 1 scene 7 and Act 2 scene 2?

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How does Shakespeare use language and dramatic devises? To highlight the state of mind of Macbeth and lady Macbeth In Act 1 scene 7 and Act 2 scene 2 Macbeth is a Shakespearean tragedy which follows the protagonist Macbeth as he plots to kill the King of Scotland enabling him to become king himself, after hearing a prophecy from three witches that proved he would become the Scottish leader. It follows Macbeth's journey of betrayal, guilt, and murder, until his final downfall. The scenes, 7 in act 1 and scene 2 in act 2, detail Macbeth's first soliloquy, in which he decides not to follow through with their plan of regicide and the remainder of the scene 7, consists of his wife, Lady Macbeth, arguing with him to change his mind. The scenes I am about to explain and analyse are very important and significant to the play and how the story unfolds and how the tension escalates toward the murder of King Duncan. In act 1 scene 7 Macbeth gives us an incite to his thoughts and feelings witch have been unclear when Lady Macbeth has been in his presence, in scene 7 we see how Macbeth begins to think about the consequences if someone found out and he talks about how King Duncan was a very Noble man who has much respect and time for Macbeth. ...read more.


Duncan offstage, the goings on in Act 2 Scene 2 are considered to be the most violent and powerful section of the play. The way in which Shakespeare wrote this scene is unusual and we can only imagine why he would have written it in such a way, I think that the focus of the scene is not the murder but Macbeths reaction to it; the bloody aspect, "Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?" here Macbeth realises that even all the water in the world could not wash away the blood and the crime and betrayal it represents, complete by the audiences thoughts and imaginations, performing it in this psychological way is far more intense than anything that could be performed on stage. This part in the scene is vital to the play as it is the beginning of many murders that later take place within the play. As the scene takes place at night time you really feel the eerie darkness representing the twisted, brutal and immoral atmosphere that surrounds Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Everything that has happened and is about to happen begins to relate to this particular scene as we witness not only the murderous act but the disintegration of the strong relationship between the two main characters of the play, Macbeth and lady Macbeth. ...read more.


His use of the right language in the right places helps the characters and the play to become really believable. Throughout the play, the supernatural plays a major role. A wise choice by Shakespeare at the time and it still works today. In summary the way Shakespeare uses language and dramatic devises To highlight the state of mind of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in Act 1 scene 7 and Act 2 scene 2 is highly effective and intriguing. Throughout the play Shakespeare uses different tone of voice and style of speech weather it be aggressive or in short restless outbursts to determine how that person is feeling and how it makes the people watching feel also. The structure of the play is very important to as this contributes to the tension of the play very much when at point only having any one actor on stage giving what is almost seen as their perspective on the situation in hand. Also the way he produce and builds the tension gradually and slowly using small hints and boosts here and there such as when Macbeth comes and meets lady Macbeth still holding the daggers used to kill the king his hands also covered in blood, this works brilliantly with the two characters showing their true colours in that section as well. Owain Tudor ...read more.

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