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Macbeth - Discuss the dramatic significance of Act 2 Scene 2

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Macbeth Discuss the dramatic significance of Act 2 Scene 2 Macbeth was set in 11th century Scotland, which was a very violant place. Scotland was very unstable, families were always fighting to control land and people were always invading from other countries. Macbeth was born in 1005 and married the granddaughter of the king. King Duncan was ineffective and was killed at 38 years old, possibly by Macbeth. Macbeth was elected king in 1040 and ruled for 17 years. He was a good king who brought stability to Scotland. He was killed on the 15th of August 1057. When the play was created England was fasinated by witches and witchcraft. Even the king james I was intreguied by it. So Shakespeare creates the story with witches in it, when there probably wasn't any witches involved at all. In Act 1 Scene 2 Banquo receives an offer of a bribe from Macbeth to say nothing about the witches. Banquo refuses because of his loyalty to king Duncan, this hints at a future problem for Macbeth. Macbeth then has a vision of the dagger he might be going to kill the king with. ...read more.

Middle

Macbeth and Lady Macbeth show very distinct differences. During the crisis Lady Macbeth is strong and in command where as Macbeth is weak and lost. He feels so guilty he says he'll never get another good nights sleep ever again, and that if he were to wash his hands in the ocean the whole ocean would turn to blood instead of washing his hands clean. In Act 2 Scene 2 the director would use low lighting because it makes it more mysterious and eery. Macbeth would enter the room with blood all over his hands and clothes and he would either stand up or situp against a wall starring into space because he doesn't know what is really happening. Lady Macbeth will already be stood in the middle of the room giving him orders, which he is ignoring. With Lady Macbeth being in the middle of the room she seems like she is an autority figure and like she controls the whole room. Macbeth would be wearing something dark that still shows blood up because dark shows the evil in him and the blood will make it looks more dramatic. ...read more.

Conclusion

Macbeth returns to the big open courtyard which suggets he is all alone. The acting is good from Macbeth and Lady Macbeth because during the relevant scenes Lady Macbeth starts to cry and then collapses, pretending to faint. "Macbeth on the estate" - this version is set during the present. Duncan is head of a gang that owns an estate. Macbeth throws a party where everyone gets drunk. After Macbeth kills Duncan he goes back to his bedroom. The rooms are very close together and people are asleep which adds to tension. This version isn't as dramatic as the others because he just kills the king, nothing else interesting happens which could make it more dramatic. Like the police could call about a complaint about the noise. This version doesn't work properly because it tries to blend the present with the old language which spoils it and makes it dull and boring. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth aren't that good at acting because Macbeth doesn't seem too concerned that he has just killed the king and when Lady Macbeth pretends to faint she slowly falls to the ground which suggests she is faking it. ...read more.

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