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Macbeth Scene 2 act 2

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Introduction

Scene 2 act 2 is one of the most important scenes in the play. This is because it is the culmination of the previous events that were part of the plot to kill King Duncan. Macbeth starts off as someone who is very loyal to the King. Macbeth has the title Thane of Glamis and then is rewarded with the Thane of Cawdor because of his bravery. At first Macbeth has doubts about killing King Duncan because he sees that the king is a good leader who had the respect of his subjects throughout the land. Macbeth also felt that he was the king's kinsman, but his "vaulting ambition" and love for his wife who he refers to as "dearest partner of greatness", eventually led him to gain courage to kill the king. In scene 2 act 2 we are shown Macbeth in a state of shock and anxiety. His wife, although agitated, finally has the courage of taking charge to take the daggers back and think of a way to avoid their own actions being discovered. ...read more.

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Macbeth continuously uses the word 'hark' which means 'to listen'. This also shows that even though he was in a conversation with Lady Macbeth he was waiting to hear any suspicious noises, this also shows that the atmosphere was tense in the scene. What happens is so important in the play because it shows the immediate reactions of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth when the murder is carried out. Lady Macbeth starts the scene with an attitude that she has gained strength because of their plan. But shortly after that she shows a sign of weakness, this is shown when she says "had he not resembled my father as he slept, I had done't". This is a sign of weakness because she admits she could not have carried out the murder because King Duncan resembled her father as he slept. Later in the scene she returns the daggers to the scene of their crime. After the murder Macbeth starts to realise that what he has done is a terrible sin for which he can not be forgiven. ...read more.

Conclusion

Shakespeare changes the course of events very well because the play starts by showing Macbeth off as a good and loyal official of the King who is rewarded for his bravery with two different titles first Thane of Cawdor and Thane of Glamis. He changes the events by showing Macbeth turning into an evil person and being led by his ambition and wife to kill the King in order to take over the throne. The pace and tone of this scene increases the dramatic tension. This is mainly shown by the waiting for Macbeth to appear and the boldness of Lady Macbeth in refusing to acknowledge Macbeth's fear and regret. The speed at which they both speak when Macbeth nervously arrives in the courtyard following the murder to create dramatic tension. He also uses the imagery used in the language to express in detail the blood on Macbeth's hands. Act 2 scene 2 has an effect on the audience who now prepare for Lady Macbeth and Macbeth to be defeated because they have become evil and evil must not prevail over good. 1 Martin Mombeshora ...read more.

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