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I plan to show you how William Shakespeare uses dramatic techniques to develop tensions between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

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How does Shakespeare use dramatic techniques to develop tensions between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth? I plan to show you how William Shakespeare uses dramatic techniques to develop tensions between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, as you can probably tell my source of evidence will be Shakespeare's play Macbeth. Upon the audience's earliest encounter with Lady Macbeth, their initial reaction was most probably that she was a conniving yet intelligent lady. Immediately after her introduction to the play, she is seen as controlling Macbeth, this is shown through the reading of his letter, Macbeth's first word in the play are read by Lady Macbeth, this suggests that Macbeth has no real independence as his wife can control and manipulate him easily. This is the first dramatic technique we see and is very suttle yet very effective. When I got my first insight into the characters, I saw that Lady Macbeth was a very smart women, in the questioning of Macbeth's manhood as to whether he is "man enough" to commit a murder she is manipulating him to as she pleases. ...read more.

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Before the murders take place Lady Macbeth prays to the spirits that she may be "unsexed", a transformation, to possess qualities inapt for any man or woman, such as not having a conscience, hence being able to murder and not feel any compunction, being able to live unaffected by her treacherous sins. Upon praying to be "unsexed", I believe she realises what is truly at stake, and it is in realising this that she crumbles, unable to handle the pressure of the "deed", she pleas to the spirits that the deed "must not be thought of/ After these ways, it will make us mad", she loses her ability to cope with the nervous tension, she finds herself in a constant worry, and although it is her idea she says it will make "us" mad, this suggests that even though it is her idea if they were to get caught she would portrait Macbeth as to having if not just as much to do with it then more. ...read more.

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Macbeth is slowly becoming a madman and believes that life is "a tale/ told by an idiot", he believes that life isn't real but a mere representation of the real thing, I believe that it is from here that Macbeth loses all control and no longer has the aptitude to think logically, his says "O full of scorpions is my mind" suggesting that his head is filled with venomous consuming thoughts that are slowly consuming him. Lady Macbeth can no longer take the pressure and commits suicide, but before doing so she was focused on a spec of blood on her hands which was placed there by her mind, by this stage she had lost all strength, physical as well as mental and has been driven to insanity, it is here when she decides enough is enough and takes her own life, possibly the smartest move she makes during the play. I hope I have shown you how Shakespeare uses dramatic techniques to develop tensions between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth effectively, and how a once happy couple were driven apart as well as to insanity. ...read more.

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