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What is the most effective scene in Act 1 and why? Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' is an enticing and magnificent play, which uses many techniques and methods

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What is the most effective scene in Act 1 and why? Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' is an enticing and magnificent play, which uses many techniques and methods to portray the complex characters and themes within the text. Act 1 has various successful scenes, but in my opinion scene 7 is the most effective and prevailing in Act 1. This scene takes place at the end of Act 1, just before the murder of King Duncan. During the scene, a determined Lady Macbeth persuades Macbeth not to yield to his doubts and to carry out the murder. I feel that the scene is important within the play because it allows the audience to see some of the inner doubts and thoughts of the two main characters, both through the soliloquy and the subsequent interchange. The choice of language is used to show the contrasting morality of the two characters. The scene opens in a passageway between the dining room and kitchen, with hautboys and torches quite similar to the previous scene for the arrival of the king. There is then a 'Sewer' (a butler) and some assistants carrying dishes for the feast that Macbeth is giving for the King. This is a typical Elizabethan setting for a castle that is both eloquent and articulate. ...read more.

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that is a step On which I must fall down, or else o'erleap" Lady Macbeth's timing is perfect as she enters just as her husband is still uncertain. She asks her husband curiously why he 'left the chamber?' Macbeth replies sternly and says 'We will proceed no further in this business'. Here Macbeth is determined and uses the modal verb 'will' instead of saying 'shall' or 'could'. Just as Macbeth is thinking about the senselessness of the murder he's planning, his wife forcibly points out that the King has almost finished his supper, and Macbeth should be there, pretending to be the happy host. At this point we can tell that Lady Macbeth has absolutely no idea of Macbeth's feelings towards their plot, and reveals that her and Macbeth don't have a close and honest relationship as first perceived. Macbeth asks whether or not Duncan had asked for him. This is when Lady Macbeth becomes inquisitive and tells her husband that the king has dined and has indeed been asking for him. Macbeth sharply and abruptly tells his wife that 'We will proceed no further in this business,' here Shakespeare uses a metaphor to show that Macbeth wants to enjoy the praises he has earned as though they were new clothes. ...read more.

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Then she tells him her plan: while Duncan sleeps, she will give his chamberlains wine to make them drunk, and then she and Macbeth can slip in and murder Duncan. They will smear the blood of Duncan on the sleeping chamberlains to cast the guilt upon them. Astonished at the brilliance and daring of her plan, Macbeth tells his wife that her "undaunted mettle" makes him hope that she will only give birth to male children. He then agrees to proceed with the murder. A Shakespearian audience will view Lady Macbeth's role unusual and inhuman, as a woman in those times didn't have the power over their husband that Lady Macbeth did. They most certainly weren't able to manipulate them into murdering the king; in those days even mentioning the idea of assassinating the king was an immense thing. Overall Lady Macbeth is viewed as a manipulative, evil character that lusts status and wealth and would go to any length to get what she wants. In a way she was not only doing it for herself, but she was doing it for her husband Macbeth, as well. They might not know each other that well and might not know what each of them are capable of, but they do love each other, in their own ways. ?? ?? ?? ?? Mariam Ezzat 10U English Shakespeare Coursework- Macbeth ...read more.

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