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Macbeth - If you were directing Act 2 Scene 2 what would you want the audience to be aware of, and how might you draw their attention to these things?

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If you were directing Act 2 Scene 2 what would you want the audience to be aware of, and how might you draw their attention to these things? In the play, Macbeth is persuaded by the three witches and his wife to kill King Duncan so that he can become King. However there is a flaw in Macbeth's plan as guilt overtakes him and ultimately causes him to suffer a violent death. If I were directing Act 2 Scene 2 of this play I would want to build on what had previously happened in the story. In Act 2 Scene 1; the build up to the murder, Macbeth was still not totally convinced as to whether or not he should commit the murder. By following on from the previous scene I could show the development of the characters emotions. In Act 2 Scene 1, before going to kill King Duncan, Macbeth tests one of his friends, Banquo, to see how loyal he might be in the future. In this scene, we can see a contrast between Banquo and Macbeth. This is because Banquo tells Macbeth how the witches trouble him: 'I dreamt last night of the three weird sisters' Banquo asks Macbeth if the witches have troubled him, Macbeth lies and says: 'I think not of them'. By saying this, it makes the audience fully aware that the character Macbeth is untrustworthy where as Banquo is seen as an honest man. ...read more.

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By saying this it shows the audience that Macbeth is growing mad with guilt and is also fearful. I feel that despite this line being in the script only once it is very significant to the murder that has been committed therefore I would want Lady Macbeth to keep saying this line as I feel it is of great importance. Shakespeare uses off stage sounds to create tension within Act 2 Scene 2: 'I heard the owl scream and the crickets cry' (Act2:2 line 1). This indicates that nature is reflecting Macbeth's deed as he has disturbed the natural order of things. The words 'scream' and 'cry' indicates that the animals are in some sort of pain due to this disturbance, much like what people in the Jacobean era would have felt if the King had been assassinated. I will establish this atmosphere also by using off stage sounds to create tension like the squeaking of animals this will create an eerie atmosphere, the sound will add to the mood of the scene I would like the audience to see this scene from the perspective of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, I will try to establish this through heart beat sounds which are loud this will show the audience how uneasy and panicky the two Macbeth's are. This will be used when Lady Macbeth is awaiting the return of Macbeth, when they are washing blood of their hands, knocking at the door of the castle and at any other time when there is little dialog and Macbeth looks panicky. ...read more.

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As he is not able to say the word Amen Macbeth can be shown coughing and spluttering as if the word is stuck in his throat and he can't get it out, by doing this it would have two meanings showing that he is breaking down with fear and showing he cannot say the word amen any more. At the end of the scene a loud knocking noise is heard by the gate of the castle Macbeth and Lady Macbeth quickly go back to their room as they think that someone has come to get them for the murder of King Duncan, this shows how uneasy and fearful they are that at any large sound they feel that someone has come to get them for the King's murder. The atmosphere will be tense at the end of the scene and in some ways unbearable to both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth this can be shown by the audience being able to hear loud heartbeat sounds. As the loud heartbeat sound encompasses the stage and Macbeth and Lady Macbeth retire to their bedroom darkness will fall upon the stage, their will be no lighting and it will become totally pitch black indicating that scene has ended. This will also give a chance for the stage director to come and place props and change the set around if necessary. The following scene would need to start in a similar fashion with a high degree of tension in order to continue the theme of Act 2 Scene 2. ...read more.

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