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Macbeth. With Direct Reference to Shakespeares Language, Discuss How You Might Stage Act One Scene Three with the Aim of Creating Suspense and An Unsettled Atmosphere

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With Direct Reference to Shakespeare's Language, Discuss How You Might Stage Act One Scene Three with the Aim of Creating Suspense and An Unsettled Atmosphere Macbeth is thought to be one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies due to the unique and dramatic plot. Act one, scene 3 is an important scene as it shows the transition between Macbeth's two personalities from 'valiant' and 'noble' to ambitious: one of the plays mains themes. The three witches feature in this scene; this is why it is important to create an unsettled atmosphere with the use of stage techniques. Speech techniques are also used, prose is spoken by lesser important characters. Whilst other types of speech are used to show the attributes of the main characters, such as 'And the very ports they blow, all the quarters that they know.' The use of rhyming couplets with the witches suggests an incantation and gives the impression of supernatural or sub-human beings. During this scene the witches' prophesize Macbeth's future, telling him, 'Hail thee thane of Cawdor', 'Hail thee who shalt be King hereafter.' This creates suspense and introduces eth audience to the plot and main themes associated with the play. ...read more.

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The line 'The weird sisters' hand in hand,' suggests that they are close to show this their proxemics and orientation will suggest intimacy. The faces of the witches should be white to reflect the red spot light this shows the link between the witches and the devil. They should wear black cloaks and move about in swooping motions to suggest them being bird-like. Macbeth says 'Into the air, and what seemed corporal Melted as breathe into the wind'; the witches should fly off stage to suggest melting into the air. When the witches speak, there should be no distinct accent, but they should speak softly and flowingly. The witches use rhyming couplets such as 'I'll drain him dry as hay, Sleep shall neither night nor day,' to suggest an incantation, in conjunction with this the soft flowing speech should enable the audience to detach from reality and create a distinct boundary between the human characters and the inhuman witches. The witches act together in my stylised interpretation of the script. When they prophesize about Macbeth they speak consecutively, 'All hail Macbeth! ...read more.

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He is revealing that he believes the prophecies to be true. The soliloquies focus on Macbeth so the lighting of the other characters should be dimmed to show Macbeth is not talking to them. The soliloquies are important because they show Macbeths ambition swelling up inside and the excitement, 'The greatest is behind,' to show this Macbeth should pace the length of the stage in deep thought. Before Macbeth delivers his soliloquy, Rosse and Angus inform Macbeth that he has become Thane of Cawdor as the witches' prophesized. Unlike the witches, Rosse and Angus speak in blank verse, thus showing their importance and that they are close to God. In contrast the witches don't speak in blank verse, this shows there alignment with the Devil. Shakespeare's uses a variety of linguistic techniques to show the ambition of Macbeth and the evil of the witches; for example soliloquies, rhyming couplets and prophetic fallacy. The importance of characters can be shown using blank verse and iambic pentameters, but how the play is staged has an impact on how people perceive the characters and understand them. Lighting could be used to suggest personality and scenery, the witches lit in red suggests evil and blue is a neutral color suggesting good. These techniques help the understanding of the play and ultimately suspend disbelief. ...read more.

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