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The atmosphere in Macbeth is one of nightmare and evil.”By close reference to incident and language comment on and illustrate the truth of this statement.

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Macbeth "The atmosphere in Macbeth is one of nightmare and evil." By close reference to incident and language comment on and illustrate the truth of this statement. Macbeth is a story of honour, betrayal, treachery, greed, power and most importantly evil. The story is a tragedy, which from the start indicates there will not be many happy moments or joking. It is the story of a man corrupted by evil, (and his wife!), and driven by his greed for success. There is murder and bloodshed throughout the play and its dark imagery portrays a disturbing image of those hungry for power. The atmosphere of the play is tense from the very first scene as we see three `weird sisters' gathered together. This part of the play is set on a moor, which is a wasteland area. The weather also plays an important part in setting the scene and atmosphere; there is thunder and lightning. The setting of the moor and the stormy weather give an image of a deserted place in the middle of nowhere, giving a feeling of deep tension and anticipation to find out what is happening. In this scene, the language the witches use also makes them appear to be associated with evil, "I come, Graymalkin!" this is one of the witches answering what appears to be a call from someone or something, most probably from the underworld. ...read more.

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face, Have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums, And dash'd his brains out, Had I so sworn as you to have done this." This is quite a disturbing and memorable image to that gives a great idea of what Lady Macbeth's lust for power has driven her to. In the second act there is a great atmosphere of tension as anticipation to Duncan's murder grows. Banquo seems on edge, similarly, so does Macbeth. The witches' prophecies seem to have been on the minds of both men and has driven the two best friends apart. They both seem wary of each other and when in conversation it is very brief, with short answers and questions asked my both men. There is a bitter irony in this scene as Banquo hands over a gift from Duncan to Macbeth for Lady Macbeth; Duncan gives the diamond to Lady Macbeth with the name, `most kind hostess', not knowing it was she who planned his murder. Macbeth's image of a good and honourable man is finally killed off in this part of the play as he prepares himself for the murder of Duncan. As Macbeth speaks to himself he uses dark and evil language that, combined with his lack of sorrow and lack of compassion increases the sense of evil in the play up to this point. Macbeth is so engrossed with his search for power that he has visions of a dagger leading him to Duncan's room and he shows some sort of sense of wicked humour when the signal bell is sounded. ...read more.

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She once declared that, "A little water will clear us of this deed." When talking to Macbeth about the blood on him from Duncan's murder. However, in her sleep she says, "All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand." She is reliving the murder of Duncan and cannot function properly. The evil spirits she once called upon to make her ruthless now seem to have abandoned her and she cannot cope with what has gone on in her life. Shortly after this the final battle is played out and Macbeth realises he cannot win once he finds out how Macduff was born, yet he refuses to give in and goes into the fight at least trying to keep what little dignity and respect he may have. Once Macbeth is killed it lifts all the tension out of the play and the restoration of normal ways seems to be in place. The dark and evil days of Scotland are behind it and so are the days of reign by the tyrannous Macbeth. The life of a man who was once honourable is over and so dies with him the pain and suffering he has caused the people who were around him. Macbeth was a man corrupted by his greed and the drive of his wife, he knew before he murdered by Duncan he would fall afterwards yet he still allowed himself to continue what he didn't want to do because of Lady Macbeth's convincing speeches that made him feel worthless and useless for being a good man. ...read more.

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