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Macbeth. How does Shakespeare use language, structure and dramatic devices to create drama in Act I scene VII and Act II scene II?

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How does Shakespeare use language, structure and dramatic devices to create drama in Act I scene VII and Act II scene II? How does Shakespeare use language structure and dramatic devices to create tension in the play? Shakespeare uses language, structure and dramatic devices to great effect to create and uphold the dramatic atmosphere throughout both scenes. These two scenes in particular are significant due to the fact that they show the characteristics of Macbeth change from a battle-hardened, honourable and combat-decorated warrior to an emotionally unstable, cowardly individual who is susceptible to other peoples' coercive measures, namely his wife; Lady Macbeth. Macbeth seemingly talks to himself to portray the conflict currently raging away in his mind as whether to assassinate the King or not and reasons for and against such an action. The soliloquy is particularly effective in this manner due to its generic function being to create a better understanding of the thoughts within the subjects head, in this instance; the reluctance of Macbeth to kill Duncan and his reasons for such opinions. ...read more.

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She is explicitly confronting him for his apparent cowardice due to his hesitant approach to the assassination by telling him that if she promised she would kill their baby (as a hypothesis) she would "dash his brains out" without reluctance ; using guilt as a means to persuade. This shows, more than ever, the vicious and violent side to Lady Macbeth as opposed to the unsure and hesitant Macbeth. Macbeth concedes to this powerful statement by asking a weak and meaningless question showing the audience that he has already succumbed to her will: "If we should fail?" This is answered by a rhetorical question: "We fail?" and again implying his cowardice by asking him to dig deep for his courage and they will not fail: "But screw your courage to the sticking-place and we'll not fail." And then goes on to tell Macbeth of her plan to assassinate the King by offering the King's guards wine and eventually their memory "will be a wisp of smoke", "Anything we can't put off on His officers who are like sponges" and them taking the blame for their "great quell". ...read more.

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it would be infinitely better represented inside one's head and would have a better impact rather than the simple shock of a few seconds of seeing blood and gore. This is due to one's imagination being more able to represent such a scene and will increase the suspense and excitement for the audience. The conversation between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth is portrayed as tense due to the short replies and questions between the two which help to build and maintain tension: "I heard the owl scream and the crickets cry. Did you not speak?" "When?" "Now." "As I descended?" "Ay." This short exchange of words at a time when discussing the murder clearly shows the anxiety in the two characters and also creates an anxious atmosphere within the audience. From my analysis above I have come to the conclusion that Shakespeare effectively uses language, structure and dramatic devices to maintain the drama where necessary, in this instance the two scenes which are pivotal to the whole play and consequently the most dramatic are filled with such features to maintain drama through unorthodox situations and characters, role reversal and aggressive language to name a few. ...read more.

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