Analysis Of Act 2 Scene 2 Of Macbeth

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The scene I chose was act 2 scene 2 of Macbeth written by Shakespeare. It was between two characters, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth. I played the role of Macbeth. In the scene, Lady Macbeth celebrates her plan being a success. Lady Macbeth waits for Macbeth to come with news that he has killed Duncan. Macbeth announces that he has committed the murder but he is so afraid that he brings the bloody daggers with him and Lady Macbeth takes them from him, to place them with the sleeping guards. Macbeth hears knocking sounds which frightens him so his wife comes to lead him away, they then wash the blood from their hands before they get caught. My character was challenging because I had to understand his emotions and find ways of interpreting that on stage. I chose to perform this act because Shakespeare was able to create tension, build the right atmosphere to show them Macbeth’s reaction to Duncan’s murder but also show the relationship between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth. Shakespeare’s use of imagery, dramatic irony, rhetorical questions helped emphasise the guilt Macbeth felt after the murder. In Act 2 scene 2, Macbeth feels guilty from the act of murder plotted by Lady Macbeth. His feelings made worse by Lady Macbeth feeling no remorse for the act of murder and instead instructing him to wash his hands as a symbol of washing away the guilt. Shakespeare wanted the audience to be able to see Macbeth’s sense of guilt and regret. Macbeth mentions Shakespeare uses an allusion here to roman mythology, which makes Macbeth dispirited. This scene establishes Macbeth’s guilt and feeling of remorse. Shakespeare uses hyperboles to build emotion. He portrays the amount of guilt Macbeth is feeling by saying not all the water in the world could wash t... ... middle of paper ... ...nding them. Macbeth says When I said these lines I felt the audience was then drawn in, I said it with so much pain in my eyes and anger. Macbeth is concerned because he could not say ‘amen’ and Lady Macbeth is disappointed and nervous because Macbeth is saying things she does not want to hear. She says She is frustrated with her husband’s cowardice. When my partner said those lines, I responded with shock and fear to show how afraid I was. Overall my partner and I were able to deliver a good performance. I was able to express the way Macbeth was feeling to the audience. I think the way I performed helped the audience get an idea of what was happening. I was able to convey my emotions though my body language and the way I addressed the lines. Playing Macbeth was an interesting experience. Performing this scene helped me discover the personalities of the characters.

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