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Macbeth Coursework Essay

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Macbeth Coursework Essay By Salman Ramjaun 10GE... How does Shakespeare present the character of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in the Murder Scene, Act 2 Scene 2, and how does this prepare us for what happens in the rest of the play? Page 1 'Macbeth' is a play written by William Shakespeare during the time when Shakespeare was thought to have written his greatest works such as: King Lear, Hamlet, and Romeo and Juliet. "Macbeth" is a tragic play based on the downfall and eventual death of a heroic figure as Macbeth eventually becomes haunted by his murderous actions. During the early 1600's, Shakespeare wrote a lot of famous tragedies; his work produced was of best quality at the time. This play was written for James I to honour him as the new king; he was a unifying monarch as he was King of England and Scotland and he believed in witchcraft. Witchcraft was used many times in the play as the three witches were used to guide Macbeth to the prophecy; Witchcraft was a concern social hysteria about witches. The audience get a sense of evil through both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, but mainly Macbeth as the audience don't receive any information that makes Lady Macbeth seem evil at the beginning of the play. ...read more.

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Lady Macbeth says she would have committed the murder as she says "Had he not resembled, my father as he slept, I had done't." Page 2 The murder scene is a key scene in the play as this is where Macbeth commits the murder and kills Duncan; this scene prepares the audience for what happens in the rest of the play as Lady Macbeth and Macbeth become haunted by their visions. Shakespeare's use of stage craft in this scene is especially powerful as it sets an atmosphere onto the scene. For example, Lady Macbeth says "I heard the owl scream and the crickets cry", and this shows that she is starting to become haunted as Macbeth doesn't hear the owl; An owl hoot is associated with death and horror. This adds tension to the atmosphere as in Lady Macbeth's soliloquy; she is describing the act of murder and says "...he is about it". Lady Macbeth has doubts over Macbeth as he brings back the bloody daggers that he used to kill Duncan with; she says "Why did you bring these daggers from the place? They must lie there go carry them; and smear the sleepy grooms with blood." She wants Macbeth to disguise himself as being the murderer and put the blame onto the "sleepy grooms" so they don't get caught. ...read more.

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Macbeth no longer cares about Lady Macbeth's death. Lady Macbeth starts to sleepwalk and this is one of the effects of the death of Duncan, as this is now haunting her. Macbeth's characteristics change as he becomes more "power-hungry"; he wants more power. He becomes too full of himself and nearer the end of the film, Macduff kills him. This contrasts with how Lady Macbeth's characteristics change as she is hugely disturbed by the thoughts and visions of Duncan; this eventually leads her to killing herself. Page 3 Act 2 Scene 2 is a key scene in the play as it ties the whole play together and the characters' characteristics develop from this scene and gradually and slowly harm Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. During the scene, it shows Lady Macbeth's dominance in the relationship as she is the leader and controls Macbeth, and it shows Macbeth's fear as he gets frightened to commit the murder. Both of these characters change their features as the play goes on. The scene Act 2 Scene 2 sets in motion their downfall and once they start to kill, they can't stop. This scene is the turning point in how the characters are presented by Shakespeare to the audience. The audience are now ready for the rest of the play and the audience then see how Macbeth and Lady Macbeth change throughout the play. By Salman Ramjaun 10EN1 10GE.. ...read more.

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