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Macbeth: Act 3 Scene 4.

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Macbeth: Act 3 Scene 4 The very start of the scene begins with order, commencing with a banquet. The director might choose to set the stage as a grand hall with a large banquet table accompanied with a majestic feast. The room would appear grand and formal. Overall the scene is set with a sense of perfection. Macbeth enters and addresses his guests, "You know your own degrees, sit down. At first And last the hearty welcome." Macbeth acts extremely noble and would be regally dressed. He has become accustomed to fitting into his role as King. The atmosphere is light hearted the lighting would be gentle. As the first murderer appears at the door, tension and suspense begins to rise as Macbeth says, "There is blood on your face," At this point the audience is aware that a murder has been committed. ...read more.


This suddenly creates a large climax of the build up of tension and horror. Lighting would change and so the music would be more sinister as to show Macbeth's delirium. The director would probably choose to have the ghost visible to the audience, which would create more horror as only Macbeth can see the ghost. At this point Macbeth is filled with trepidation, as the ghost would be a grotesque figure. If the ghost was not shown, the audience would still feel a large sense of fear as Macbeth hilariously screams to the ghost, "Hence, horrible shadow, Unreal mockery, hence!" The atmosphere is frantic as Lady Macbeth tries to reassure the guests and regain order. "The fit is momentary, upon a thought He will again be well. If you much note him, You shall offend him, feed and regard him not." ...read more.


Lady Macbeth has acted very differently in this scene. She has become strong and dominating again. Unaware of what Macbeth has seen, she insults his manlihood, "Are you a man?" "This is the air drawn dagger which you said Led you to Duncan. O these flaws and starts, Impostors to true fear." She believes his outbursts of feelings are unreal hallucinations, just like the dagger that led him to Duncan. Lady Macbeth speaks in harsh tones to Macbeth. Lady Macbeth has a lack of imagination contrasting to Macbeth's vivid imagination, and cannot understand his delirium. The other lords politely ignore Macbeth's illness, "Gentlemen rise, his Highness is not well", but Lady Macbeth is keen to dismiss the Lords. She is afraid that Macbeth will disclose too much information, exposing herself as well. "At once, goodnight. Stand not upon the order of your going. But go at once." Lady Macbeth does not realise what has come to haunt Macbeth will soon return to haunt her. ...read more.

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