• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Therefore in Act 2 scenes 1&2 Shakespeare uses a variety of techniques to create a dramatic tension and to introduce the audience to his characters. For example by the language and words Lady Macbeth uses portrays her as an evil

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Macbeth is a play about a Thane who plots to kill the king, along with his wife's influence, after he has been visited by 3 witches who told him that he would be king. Macbeth was written by a poet called William Shakespeare in 1604-1605. The King at that time was King James I who employed Shakespeare in 1603 to work in his theatre. King James I of England was also the Scottish King. He was King James VI of Scotland. He was an expert in torture. He designed torture instruments for fun. He was a Catholic King and he executed a lot of people most of whom were Protestants. He believed in the supernatural especially witch craft. He even wrote a book on Deamonology. In fact, he believed that a storm that nearly killed him was sent by witches so he sent out men to find them and they went to North Berwich where they killed a few women. The play is based on social and historical facts. For example the King at that time was a Scottish so was King Duncan in Macbeth. Macbeth in the play also believed in the supernatural just like King James I. A sailor in Macbeth was hit by a storm which had been sent by a witch just like the incident that happened to King James I. ...read more.

Middle

Macbeth says "Thou marshall'st me the way that I was going." In Macbeth's soliloquy iambic pentameter is inconsistent. It has been shaken up to show Macbeth's shakiness and trembling. For example he says "As this which now I draw." This line is only 6 syllables long unlike the next line which is 11 syllables long. "Thou marshall'st me the way that I was going." Shakespeare uses lexical sets of violence, the supernatural and the senses. This suggests to us that Macbeth is trying to think like a murderer. He does this in order to build up his courage so that he won't be able to change his mind. He says "The curtains sleep, witchcraft celebrates." Shakespeare is making Macbeth's thoughts more evil. He is now in an evil frame of mind and he is in an absolute turmoil which he can barely keep control of. He is completely entranced by evil. It might be that the witches have taken over his body or it might just be that the darkness is bringing out Macbeth's evil side. Macbeth now at this time is so determined that Duncan will die that he says "I go and it is done." As far as Macbeth is concerned Duncan is as good as dead. At the end of Macbeth's soliloquy he uses the words "Knell" and "Hell." ...read more.

Conclusion

He has now gone over to the evil and dark side. He knows that he is going to hell and that God has stopped blessing him. He wanted to say Amen but it was stuck in his throat. The inability to pray in Shakespeare's time was thought to be bewitched. It was as if the witches had taken power and control over his body. Macbeth mentions the word "God" "sleep" and "Amen" so often because he knows that these are the things he is never going to be able to do or say ever again. He has been cut off from God, sleep and is incapable of saying a prayer. He has been separated from the natural world and will now begin to live in a godless world full of corruption and evil. Lady Macbeth uses her control and dominance over Macbeth to take charge of the situation. She commands Macbeth and says "Give me the daggers." A sharp, short and strong command. She has pulled herself together and is back to her old evil self. Now that the murder was over Macbeth and herself had switched places. He was the coward one and she was the powerful one once again. The scene ends with persistent knocking on the gate. Someone has come to Macbeth's castle. The knocking terrifies Macbeth and once again he is reminded of the evil deed he has done. The knocking may represent the sound of his heartbeat or symbolise the inevitability of justice catching up with them. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Macbeth section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Macbeth essays

  1. Peer reviewed

    How does Shakespeare create dramatic tension in act 2 scene 2 of Macbeth?

    5 star(s)

    * Lady Macbeth: "Now" * Macbeth: "As I descended?" * Lady Macbeth: "Ay" The short, urgent, responses create anticipation and emphasise their fear after what is essentially high treason - a crime punishable by death. In addition it could also suggest the beginnings of their loss of self control as

  2. How does Shakespeare create dramatic tension in Act 2, scene 2 of Macbeth?

    "How is't with me, when every noise appals me?" Every noise, every movement alarms him; he does not have the control that Lady Macbeth does. It is this lack of control that brings dramatic tension to this scene because Macbeth's actions might expose their guilt. Shakespeare uses anxious utterances and questions to increase the tension in Act 2, scene 2.

  1. Macbeth - How does Shakespeare create tension in Act 2, scenes 1 and 2?

    Banquo shouts "Give me my sword", suggesting that he is edgy and anxious despite being in his friend's castle. For me, it wouldn't be the sort of command you would shout unless you were disturbed by something - and of course we know that Banquo is extremely fearful due to

  2. Does Shakespeare present Lady Macbeth as good or evil?

    trying to convince Macbeth to carry out the murder by making him feel guilty about breaking his promise to her: "What beast ... made you break your enterprise to me". She continues to grind him down by telling him that she would never break her promises, even if it meant

  1. How Does Shakespeare Create Tension and Suspense In The Story Of Macbeth.

    be returned and the blood must be washed off from your hands. Lady Macbeth must return to the murder scene with the daggers and smear blood on the faces of the grooms. They need to hurry because there is knocking at the gate.

  2. How Does Shakespeare use language to create atmosphere in Act 2 Scene 1 and ...

    These words suggest that Duncan has appreciated their attention giving Macbeth a sense of hesitation and treachery by betraying King Duncan's trust. Banquo also uses the witches premonitions, "I dreamt last night of the weird sisters: To you they have showed some truth" as if he predicts what Macbeth is about to commit.

  1. How does shakespeare create a sense of evil and disorder in act 1 of ...

    Not only does he include the tempestuous weather in stage directions but the witches also plot to meet again in the thunderstorm, showing that they clearly take pleasure in the bad weather. "When shall we meet again? In thunder, lightning or in rain?"

  2. Macbeth Act 2, Scene 1~2, How does Shakespeare create dramatic tension in these scenes?

    The idea of darkness and all of its clich�s links again with "there's a husbandry in heaven". It appears to the characters that heaven is being economical, saving on lighting, due to the lack of stars in the sky~ "their candles are all out".

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work