This Be Shown On Stage?
In Act 2 Scene 2 Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are presented in various
ways throughout the scene. This is because of the tense and anxious
nature of the scene. The characters go through a number of changes in
feeling through the scene; these changes will be looked at in detail
in the main body of the essay. This scene takes place immediately
after the murder of Duncan. Meanwhile Lady Macbeth is anxiously
wondering whether Macbeth will really do the deed. When he returns,
covered in blood and highly strung, she organises how to cover up the
murder so that they won't be found out. In this scene we see certain
emotions in the characters, which we haven't seen much of so far, or
in some cases totally new emotions for a character.
At the start of this scene the atomsphere is very tense as Lady
Macbeth waits for here husband to return.
This shows that at this point that Lady Macbeth is nervous beacuase of
her eratic reaction to the owl. She is worried that Macbeth might not
commit the murder, this is making her nervous; and is shown by her
reaction to the slightest noise.
This is a quick shift in attitude from Lady Macbeth as at the very
beginning of the scene she is feeling in control and powerful.
"The drink that hath made the drunk, hath made me bold;"
This shows that she is feeling powerful because she is saying the
guests and guards have been drugged; so that should make the murder
easier because everyone would have their guard down. I think that
there was a sudden change in her attitude because of the shriek of the
owl, because this was seen as a sign of murder.
When Macbeth enters he is confused because he still has not come to
terms with the murder that he has just committed.
"Who's there? What ho?"
This shows that he is confused because he is asking questions without
waiting for an answer. This also shows that he is worried that someone
has heard him and has come to see what has happened. this is typical
of Macbeth because when he is left alone his conscience gets the
better of he, particually because he was already sceptical about the
Because Macbeth is so panic-striken Lady Macbeth decides that she has
to take control of the situation. She knows that Macbeth is sceptical
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...yed as a dominant and powerful,
power-hungry person who will do anything to get what she wants. She
comes across as having no conscience apart from one instance, where
she says that she would have killed Duncan herself had he not reminded
her of her father. Macbeth on the other hand comes across as a brave
and loyal person until he agees to the murder of Duncan this is were
Macbeths whole persona changes, he becomes unsure of his actions he is
paranoid and is scared that is actions will catch up with him.
Although he is brave and loyal he has an obvious inablity to say to
his wife, Lady Macbeth. His wife is clearly the dominant figure in the
relationship. Although this might bother him he is unable to do
anything because of having a weaker character. I think that the two
contrasts are what makes the tension inthe scene work in such an
effective manner. I think one of the reasons for this could be that it
was written by William Shakespeare, who was himself was an actor, I
think this is one of the reasons that it works because he knew how to
write the play so the actors would produce a performance that would
convey the continually changing feelings of each character.
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