How dose Shakespeare make Act 1 Scene 7 and Act 2 Scene 2 dramatic? Shakespeare was a writer in the Elizabethan times, he wrote many of plays but he never published them, one of the plays that he wrote was Macbeth. Macbeth is a play which is loosely based upon actual events, although the play itself is of limited historical accuracy. The story is set in the 11th century, in Scotland and England, and was written by William Shakespeare in 1606. The Elizabethans were extremely superstitious and believed in evil forces, witches and they fear the unknown and unexpected, they also believe about the divine right of kings.
King James I of England reinforced the idea that there was a great chain of being, and if the order is broken it will be chaos. The Elizabethans ideas and superstitions are reflected in the story of Macbeth. In the begging Macbeth was fighting in a battle for the king of Scotland Duncan against Norway. Whilst he was walking home from the battle with his best friend Banquo they came across three strange looking creatures, theses three witches make predictions of what will happen to Macbeth in the future.
They tell him that he will be Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor and will become the king. They then say to Banquo “Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none”. Which means although Banquo will never be king his children will become kings. Macbeth is already thane of Glamis, but neither one of the other predictions were true. But then two messengers came to Macbeth announcing the good news that as the king heard that he had fought well in the battle so King Duncan has decided to give Macbeth the title of Thane of Cawdor.
This starts to put ideas in to Macbeths head, as now two out of three predictions that the witches had made had become true, so why couldn’t the third one also become true to make Macbeth King. Macbeth writes a letter to his wife Lady Macbeth telling her of his meeting with the three witches and of the prophecies that they had told him. When Macbeth arrives home a messenger comes and tells them that King Duncan is coming to stay with Macbeth for the night. Lady Macbeth makes out that she will do anything in her power to make it so Macbeth becomes King, so they will get great power.
Macbeth showed bravery and loyalty to king Duncan whilst fighting in battle for him. The Captain said “For brave Macbeth (well he deserves that name)” which shows that others also thought of him as a brave loyal and a trust worthy soldier, witch is also shown in this quote spoken by Malcolm “This is sergeant Who, like a good and hardy soldier, fought ’Gainst my captivity. – (To the soldier) Hail, brave friend! ” As soon as Lady Macbeth is shown in the play it shows that she is inhumane as she thinks about killing King Duncan and all just for power.
She is always persistent that he will kill Duncan and become King of Scotland. She shows that she is very evil and manipulative on many different occasions. Macbeth is unsure about killing Duncan. So Macbeth says a soliloquy aloud to himself, questioning whether it is or isn’t right to kill Duncan and tries to justify the reason why he should or shouldn’t commit the murder. He knows one he has carried out the murder he will be judged by God. He also realises that he should be protecting Duncan as his host, as Duncan is there out of trust towards Macbeth.
In his soliloquy Macbeth goes through several arguments to try to justify the murder and comes o he conclusion that it is not right to kill Duncan as he would only be doing it for ambition and power witch is not a good reason to kill someone. When Macbeth breaks the new to Lady Macbeth that he will not continue any further with the murder of King Duncan, she pulls everything out of the bag to manipulate him back into committing the murder of Duncan. Macbeth goes a bit crazy and even talks to daggers that he can see in front of him. “Come, let me clutch thee”
Shakespeare’s uses language in different ways to make the play interesting. He uses proverbs, rhetorical questions to help argue and convince and metaphors to put images in to the audience’s heads. The audience would be disgusted with most of Lady Macbeth’s arguments as they are so manipulative and harsh towards her husband, and in the end uses to many good ad manipulative arguments to convince Macbeth to go along with the murder. Shakespeare wrote some parts of his speeches in blank verse, witch means that there is ten beats in a line with a rhythmical sound to it.
It’s called a Lambic Pentameter, and it makes the language sound beautiful and it tells he audience that it is an important speech. Before the murder Macbeth is having hallucinations of daggers floating in front of him, I think that this means he knows that he will be committing the murder of Duncan, and he is worried about doing this as he doesn’t much want to kill Duncan as it is wrong and he is only doing this as his wife is convincing him to carry out this crime and all for a bit of power.
Lady Macbeth’s speech at the beginning is written in Blank Verse, this make this speech sound beautiful to the audience as the language sounds as if it has a pattern, this also tells the audience that this is an important speech. Lady Macbeth is alone discussing the alcohol she had given to the guards and her feelings, “That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold. What hath quenched them hath given me fire. – Hark! – Peace! ” Meaning that which made the chamberlains (Duncan’s guards) sleepy has given her courage; Lady Macbeth has needed a drink. Had he not resembled My farther as he slept, I had done’t. ” Shows that Lady Macbeth does have a human side after all and reveals weakness to the audience. “It was the owl that shrieked, the fatal bellman” The owl represents a bird of ill omen from nature, and the fatal bellman would ring to announce a death as a bellman would ring a bell just before an execution. Macbeth arrives back having done the deed, and Lady Macbeths speech is quickened we know this from hyphens and short sentences, this shows that she is nervous.
Macbeths and Lady Macbeths conversation is written in fragmented speech, this builds up tension for the audience and shows how nervous and worried Macbeth and Lady Macbeth really are. “Sleep no more! Macbeth dos murder sleep” This quote is a very powerful and strong image, Macbeth gives a great description of sleep and how important and human sleep is, and it makes him sound like a doctor or a carer. Lady Macbeth pulls herself together again and gives Macbeth instructions, for this Shakespeare used imperatives to make them sound like commands.
Because of the murder Lady Macbeth seems to be acting differently, and Macbeth is disgusted by what he has done. “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand? ” This quote show that Macbeth is feeling really guilty, but Lady Macbeth acts calm and just says “A little water clears us of this deed” This is a very dramatic scene and is filled with great language, metaphors and alliteration. In conclusion I think Macbeth will become king but his nerves will get the better of him and someone will find out he did this deed and Macbeth will be killed for someone else to reign.
I don’t think that there are any powerful modern couples who are in a struggle as powerful as that but there are defiantly many struggles which are not quite so big. Macbeth was killed, and Lady Macbeth went crazy and killed herself. Then Lady Macbeth’s son whom she had with her first husband became the King, and then after he died it went back to its original order, when Duncan’s son Malcolm became King. Which also goes with King James 1st believes in a great chain of being.