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Soliloquies in Macbeth

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What the characters say to each other and what they say in their soliloquies adds to the amount of tension in the first two scenes of act two of Macbeth. A prime example of this is that Macbeth lies to Banquo during the early part of act two. In line 21 of scene one, Macbeth tells Banquo that he, " Thinks not of them." He is referring to the witches that he and Banquo met earlier in the play, who told them the prophecies. We know that Macbeth was lying when he said this because after hearing the prophecy that he will be king after Duncan, all he has thought about was whether or not to kill the king and whether or not the prophecies could be trusted. All he has been thinking about was the witches so telling Banquo that he has not thought of them once is a blatant lie. This adds to the tension because the audience knows that Macbeth isn't telling the truth to his supposed best friend and therefore that he has something to hide. All through scenes one and two, Macbeth seems to have a problem with saying the word, murder. ...read more.


The bell invites me. Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell that summons thee to heaven or to hell." This is where, after scene upon scene of Macbeth's hesitancy, he finally decides that he wants all the power and wealth of being king too much and sets off to Duncan's room. At the beginning of scene two, we see Lady Macbeth alone somewhere Duncan's room. Then Macbeth arrive and says, "I have done the deed." This leaves a big part of action out and gives the audience a chance to make their own ideas of how Duncan died. Did he wake up just as Macbeth went to stab him? Did he scream? Did Macbeth stop to consider what he was about to do? All these questions and more are answered in the minds of every single person watching the play. This is a good way of making the play more interesting because it puts the audience in the director's chair for a few minutes. It also means that while Lady Macbeth is waiting for her spouse to come to her, there is still a possibility that Macbeth is really a good guy and changed his mind. ...read more.


At the start of the play, he is this great soldier who was a hero throughout the country for his performance in battle. Now he's his snivelling wreck who has committed treason and murder. As much as he is weak, Lady Macbeth is strong. She is completely determined to go through with the deed until the end and, at this point in the play, is totally in charge of both herself and her husband. But what we do not see is how Lady Macbeth is reacting mentally to what they have done. This would make me want to keep watching so that I could see what happened when Duncan's body was found so I could see if Lady Macbeth starts to show remorse and to see if Macbeth gets over his grief and starts to get stronger. Macbeth's language shows not only his state of mind but is a clear insight into his mind. For example, if a person uses long, complicated words in conversation, it shows intellect. Macbeth is asking a lot of questions to himself which shows that he cannot decide what his next move should be. He talks a lot about evil and things that people were frightened of. ...read more.

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