Tension in "Macbeth" Analytical Essay by horus
Tension in "Macbeth"
An examination of the theatrical methods used by William Shakespeare to build tension in act II scene II of "Macbeth".
# 46255 | 2,314 words | 0 sources | 2003 |
Published on Dec 22, 2003 in English (Analysis) , Shakespeare (MacBeth)
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This paper discusses how Shakespeare uses several techniques to make act II scene ii dramatic. It analyzes the theatrical and rhetorical methods used with examples from several quotations. In particular, it looks at how Shakespeare uses the themes of the supernatural, madness and religion, to show that the murder of Duncan is wrong and that only bad things will come of it. It also takes into account the fact that "Macbeth" was written for King James I, who was fascinated by witches and the divine right of Kings and the fact that it was written to be performed rather than read.
From the Paper:"Macbeth then claims to have heard a voice cry out that Macbeth has murdered sleep and that every one should wake up. This reveals that he is very nervous as he is hearing voices in his head proclaiming his crime. This is another link to a recurring theme in "Macbeth" that of nature proclaiming his crime to everyone. One quote to illustrate this is "for fear thy very stones prate of my whereabouts." Incidentally, the number of times sleep is mentioned in this soliloquy is thirteen a number that was, and still is, associated with evil. Furthermore, this continues the theme of sleeplessness started by Banquo in Act II Scene ii with "Yet I would not sleep," and continued later in the play with Lady Macbeth's sleepwalking."
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