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With Close Reference To Act 2 Scene II of ‘Macbeth’ Explore How Shakespeare Creates Dramatic Tension and Anticipation.

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WITH CLOSE REFERENCE TO ACT2 SCENE II OF 'MACBETH' EXPLORE HOW SHAKESPEARE CREATES DRAMATIC TENSION AND ANTICIPATION. Act 2 Scene II starts with Lady Macbeth waiting for Macbeth to come and tell her that he has killed King Duncan. Macbeth brings the daggers that he used during the murder down with him when he meets up with Lady Macbeth, she notices how bad this is and takes the daggers off Macbeth to go and place at the murder scene of Duncan. A lot of action happens in this scene and it is an important scene because it creates a high amount of dramatic tension and anticipation for the audience that is carried through the rest of the play. Shakespeare uses a number of different techniques to create the feeling of tension and anticipation in the audience watching the play. The first example of how tension and anticipation is created can be found right at the start of scene. Lady Macbeth is in the courtyard listening hard for sounds of the murder taking place. She is very excited and this excitement is transferred to the audience. ...read more.

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believed to represent the death of a person, to the bellman Shakespeare has created a feeling that death has occurred or is about to occur. Lady Macbeth believes that the king has been made murdered but does not yet know for sure. Also the anticipation has been made higher because Shakespeare has used symbolism that the audience would have understood, as it was common to relate to death when you heard the shriek of an owl and the audience would have been anticipating who was murdered or who was going to be murdered. Another example of how dramatic tension is created by Shakespeare is through referring to things that happen of the stage. Lady Macbeth has drugged the grooms and she thinks that they might have woken up because she hears Macbeth say: "Who's there? What, ho!"(2.2.8) Because Lady Macbeth thinks that something has gone wrong tension is created because we wonder what will happen next. Will they be caught or not? The audience will want to know what happened so they will become involved in the play and will look forward to learning what really did happen. ...read more.

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This shows that he was upset because he thought about murdering Duncan. Macbeth says that he could not say Amen when the guards said it. This shows that he has upset the natural order. It also shows that he has been taken over the devil. When people hear this they fear the worst because it is producing very high anticipation. This is suspicious because the audience are wondering what is wrong with Macbeth? Has he been taken over by the devil? Throughout Act 2 Scene II Shakespeare creates tension by using the present tense when he describes something in the play. For example he uses present tense when Lady Macbeth is imagining what Macbeth is doing step by step while murdering Duncan. Throughout the play of 'Macbeth', Shakespeare creates tension and anticipation in many different ways. Each method is unique in it's own way and works wonders for the play. Every part in Act 2 Scene II Shakespeare has tension and this builds up the anticipation throughout the play. At the start of Act 2 Scene II tension starts to build and this tension increases during every scene. ANDREW HINDE 10C MRS HARWOOD 20/04/2007 ...read more.

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