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Macbeth Act 2 Scenes 1 & 2.

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> Shakespeare builds up tension in these scenes by firstly showing a conversation between Banquo and Macbeth which clearly shows that Banquo is suspicious of Macbeth who then tries to tempt Banquo onto his side, for example "cleave to my consent" but Banquo tells him he will stay loyal to Duncan, for instance "allegiance clear". He also lets Macbeth know that he dreamt of the Witches. When Macbeth replied, "I think not of them", Banquo is suspicious because after the witches prediction came true that he'd become Thane of Cawdor, he does not believe that Macbeth would not be hoping the prediction to become King would also come true. ...read more.

Middle

As the body guards drift off into a sound sleep Lady Macbeth hears an owl shriek sounding like a bell that the watchmen would ring before an execution, she starts feeling nervous because she thinks Macbeth hasn't managed to kill Duncan, for instance "Alack, I am afraid they have awakened, and tis not done; th' attempt and not the deed" she also says she would have done the deed herself if Duncan hadn't looked so much like her father as he slept for example " As he not resembled my father as he slept, I had done't". This creates an impression that Lady Macbeth may not be as strong mentally as she makes out to be. ...read more.

Conclusion

I am afraid to think what I have done; look on't again. I dare not". "Infirm of purpose!" Lady Macbeth is angry with Macbeth for not going back and takes the daggers off him and goes to plant the evidence on the guards herself to make it look like they had killed Duncan, for example "Give me the daggers. The sleeping and the dead are but as pictures." Macbeth then looks at his hands, which are covered in blood and doesn't think there is enough water to wash the blood away and if he washes his hands even in Neptune's ocean the ocean will turn red with blood, he suggests this by saying, "Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? No: this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnadine, making the green one red." ...read more.

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