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Macbeth Act 2 scenes 1 and 2.

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Macbeth Act 2 scenes 1 and 2 GCSE coursework Shakespeare's Macbeth was written between 1603 and 1606, in the time of King James I. The play was written because King James was a past Scottish king (King James the VI) whose ancestors featured in the historical story that Macbeth was based on. It also included the supernatural, a subject that King James was fascinated by and even wrote a book on, 'Demonology'. Such supernatural points include the three witches that start the chain of events, the strange occurrences that happen after Duncan's murder and the apparitions that appear to Macbeth throughout the play. Witchcraft was believed in Shakespeare's times and being a witch was punishable by death as they were allied with Satan. ...read more.

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The dagger later in the scene will not be visible to the audience, to emphasise that Macbeth is losing grip with reality and gradually turning mad. There will be dramatic music when he sees the dagger and it will gradually increase in tempo as the speech continues, dropping to normal at line 45 and cutting off to silence at line 62. This I feel will add drama to the moment, as it is the focus of the scene. The iambic pentameter will not be used, as seems inappropriate in a film production and makes the words harder to understand nowadays. In Shakespeare's time, iambic pentameter was commonly used by royalty and nobility, in conversation with commoners. I will however stick to using Shakespeare's original script, as it is arguably the finest form of English writing of the time, and continues to influence playwrights today. ...read more.

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I have derived this acting manner from the following quotes: "That which has made them drunk, hath made me bold; What had quench'd them, had given me fire." (Lines 1-2). Here, Lady Macbeth has drunk with the chamberlains and is now braver to face the grim task of the murder. "Give me the daggers, the sleeping and dead are but as pictures;" (Lines 56-57). Here Lady Macbeth has enough sense to remove the evidence of their guilt and shortly later makes a cruel pun to disguise the situation. The actual murder will be shown in my version as in the film version by Roman Polanski, as it used symbolism such as the falling of the crown to great effect and such use in my version will make the murder very real to the audience, who would otherwise misinterpret the scenes and their importance to the play's ideals of the supernatural. Adriano Sterlini 21/10/2003 ...read more.

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