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Macbeth - What do you consider to be the most successful stage effects and language techniques used to create dramatic tension in Act 2, Scene 2?

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Macbeth - Assignment What do you consider to be the most successful stage effects and language techniques used to create dramatic tension in Act 2, Scene 2? Introduction Macbeth is at first seen as a courageous soldier who is loyal to his King, he and the King have a close relationship, the King loves him almost like a son. So, why should he murder the man who thinks so fondly of him? I believe Macbeth to be an intelligent man but he is corrupted, by his own ambition, greed and by his wife Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth initially appears as a kind wife but we soon learn underneath lies a scheming and manipulative woman. We see Lady Macbeth take control of the situation as Macbeth's weaknesses begin to unfold. Macbeth's character dramatically changes as this scene progresses as the realization of what he has done dawns on him, he becomes more and anxious and hysterical, everything troubles him; 'Whence is that knocking? How is't with me, when every noise appalls me?' The scene begins with Lady Macbeth anxiously waiting for her husband's return, tension is created because we are unable to see or hear Macbeth's actions. ...read more.


Macbeth cry's out 'Who's there? What ho?' This offstage noise leaves the audience thinking that Macbeth has been caught Shakespeare uses monosyllabic language in this quote to enhance the feelings of urgency and panic, which is a good use of language to create dramatic tension. Lady Macbeth does not immediately see her husband, this could be because of the imagery of darkness or maybe because Macbeth enters elsewhere. She hears his cry and doubts him; she thinks he has disturbed someone 'Alack, I'm afraid they have awak'd', And 'tis not done; th'attempt and not the deed Confounds us. Hark! I laid their daggers ready, He could not miss 'em.' There is urgency and panic in her speech and a sense of desperation, this creates dramatic tension for the audience as you can feel Lady Macbeth's worry. Macbeth's anxiety prevents him from going back to the scene of the murder ' I'll go no more. I am afraid to think what I have done; Look on't again, I dare not. Lady Macbeth shows here frustration (anxiety) ...read more.


'What hands are here? Ha: they pluck out mine eyes. Will all great neptune's ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand? No: this my hand will rather The multitudinous seas incarnadine, Making the green one red'. In this quote Shakespeare applies the imagery blood. This has connotations of treason, guilt, murder and death. Macbeth wants to cleanse his hands from the blood to rid him of any evidence connecting him to the murder and perhaps clear his troubled mind. Also the punctuation Shakespeare uses makes Macbeth seem even more troubled as he talks to him self. The use of colons makes it seem as if Macbeth is having an argument within himself almost verging on schizophrenia. Shakespeare's use of language and structure manages to create tension throughout this act. He manages to gradually build up stage effects and language little by little, increasing the use of monosyllabic language and imagery taking the reader/audience on a roller coaster of emotions. His use of language and effects in the right places helps the characters and the play to become really believable. I believe this scene is designed with the sole intention of creating tension and to make the reader/audience believe the Macbeth will be caught, creating dramatic tension for the acts which follow. ...read more.

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