Shakespeare's Dramatic Effect in Act II Scene 2 of Macbeth Essay

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Shakespeare's Dramatic Effect in Act II Scene 2 of Macbeth Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' was written some time between 1603 and 1606 and was his eighth tragedy in as many years, and has proved to be one of his most renowned plays of all time. It is a tragic tale of betrayal, malevolence and mystery, where a heroic soldier by the name of Macbeth becomes enwrapped in witchcraft and begins to believe the words of Hecate (the witches' god). He starts a spate of murders initially with Duncan the King of Scotland and then becomes lonely and looses everything. The scene I am going to concentrate on is Act II Sc 2; the aftermath of the murder and the climax of the play. I will look and analyse the dramatic…show more content…
What is't you do?" The murder is committed at around midnight, which adds to the dramatic tension and is considered the "witching" hour; dark and mysterious, this makes Macbeth look even more suspicious, walking around at such a late hour. To add to the originality of the play, Shakespeare chooses Lady Macbeth to be a very strong person, ordering her husband around. This was highly irregular as women's roles were to be "house-wives" - never to have a job and to be "seen and not heard"; they weren't even allowed to act on stage! However Lady Macbeth breaks this stereotype she is a strong character and even orders her husband around, this makes Macbeth look insecure and diminishes his stereotypical image. The play opens with a scene of three witches, as shown above, and leads the audience through a series of emotions from humour to anxiety to name a few. Macbeth is prophesied by the Witches to become King; he is persuaded by his wife Lady Macbeth to murder the present King, Duncan. The scene that I am concentrating on is the immediate few moments after Macbeth has committed the murder, showing his great guilt, it is full of tension and keeps the audience's attention, as it is the premature climax of the play. This contrasts with the scene immediately before it, where Macbeth has concluded that he
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