How Does Shakespeare Create Drama and Horror in Act 2 Scene 2 of Macbeth? Essay

813 WordsOct 6, 20084 Pages
Shakespeare uses a range of techniques to create horror in the scene. From the beginning of the scene there is suspense as we hear the bell at the end of Act 1 Scene 1: “A bell rings”. The bell is commonly used to announce a death at funerals so when Shakespeare leaves the end of the scene with that cliff hanger that automatically starts the next scene with tension. He also makes the murder take place of stage. This makes dramatic impact within the audience increase and allows them to ponder what happened as grotesquely as they wish. The play is set in darkness which brings along a sense of cruelty, unnatural and evil; all three feelings that would naturally evoke fear. Shakespeare made this play unusual in a variety of ways. Lady Macbeth plays a dominant role throughout the play which is controversial as this was first shown in an era where women weren’t even allowed on the stage. This would cause drama as the viewers would think that this was awkward and would constantly be expecting something bad to occur. The second scene starts with an atypical stage scene “Macbeth’s castle; enter Lady Macbeth”. The audience would have been expecting Macbeth to enter first here. This then continues with Lady Macbeth saying “That which hath made them drunk, hath made me bold” Again, this contradicts the authoritive, more powerful figure men had over women in the Elizabethan era. The quote refers to the alcohol she used to make the guards unconscious. She was drinking with them but had made her stronger unlike them: “what hath quenched’d them, hath given me fire”. Immediately after Lady Macbeth says this the audience would hear an owl shriek. The owl was seen as an evil omen, and meant impending death for someone. Shakespeare refers to the owl as the "fatal bellman" because it was the bellman's job to ring the parish bell when a person in the town was near death. Although
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