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Write an Analysis of Act 2 Scene 2 of Macbeth. Discuss the Dramatic Impact of the Scene

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Write an Analysis of Act 2 Scene 2 of Macbeth. Discuss the Dramatic Impact of the Scene Act 2, scene 2, in the play of Macbeth, is a fairly significant scene, in which to mark the changes of the two characters, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Their minds and feelings are portrayed in this scene. It helps to show the role, which they play and to what degree they have been affected by the witches' prophecies. Act 2, Scene 2, takes place in the home of Macbeth as a result to the murder of Duncan. It is interesting that Shakespeare chose to have the murder of Duncan taking place offstage. This scene is also significant in ways to show the reactions of the two characters to their crime and sin. The murder of Duncan possibly took place off stage to cause the dramatic impact to increase within the audience and let them imagine it as grotesquely as they wanted to. At the time, it would have seemed highly erratic, unacceptable and dishonourable to show the murder of a King and the audience would have been horrified at seeing such a thing taking place. ...read more.

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It seems as if the word "it" is more comforting to her than "murder" to help her feel slightly more relaxed at knowing what she and her husband Macbeth have done. As Macbeth enters the room the tension and nervousness is immediately noticeable. From the use of dashes, we can see that the speech is very broken up. This shows the nerves of the two characters and we see hesitation in their speech. Lady Macbeth claims that she would have done the deed if Duncan had not looked like her father whilst sleeping. This shows weaknesses in her character; she was not able to do it herself as emotion and feelings overcame her. This show of weakness helps for us to see that Lady Macbeth could possibly be a downfall to Macbeth in the future or will not be able to cope with what is to come later during the play. The presence of dashes and broken, quick sentences still creates an impression of anxiety and unease while they are speaking. Whilst speaking with Lady Macbeth, Macbeth also refers to the murder as "the deed", to try and comfort himself by not making it sound as bad as it was. ...read more.

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Lady Macbeth does not see it as this. She only looks at the physical aspects of the blood. "A little water clears us of this deed; How easy is it then!" The last line of the scene, "Wake Duncan with thy knocking: I would thou couldst!" Macbeth shows from this line that he regrets what he has done. As well as speaking much of hands, they also both speak of sleep. Using hindsight we see that both have trouble sleeping in the future. Sleeping helps to put right worries and to cleanse the body. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth would never be totally clean and found sleep did not help. Macbeth heard a voice saying his name, that he would sleep no more after doing such a deed. It may Macbeth's own conscience that causes him to hear this. It could be that Macbeth's mind has begun the step from good to evil and so his mind plays with his conscience or possibly it is the effect of the supernatural. Lady Macbeth believes he is being na�ve like a child as it is just a picture or sound in his mind. ?? ?? ?? ?? Krishna Hathi 110 ...read more.

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