How Shakespeare Makes Dramatic Moments in Macbeth

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Shakespeare makes Act Two, Scene Two one of the most dramatic moments throughout the play. Packing it with so much emotion and hidden meanings. Macbeth finally murders the king and Lady Macbeth unexpectedly witnesses it. Then you immediately start to catch glimpses of her authority and power over the two crumbling.

As the plot to murder the king commences, Lady Macbeth comes off as still a very confident character in the play. After she had drugged the guards the word used to describe how she felt is ‘bold’. This word suggests her confidence and faith in how everything is proceeding and that nothing has gone wrong so far. However Lady Macbeth also seems to be on edge at times. When having heard an owl, she cries ‘Hark, Peace!’ This remark shows you that she is jittery, as on a normal occasion she wouldn’t have even noticed the owl because based on what we know of her character so far she isn’t the jumpy type of person. It’s also slightly ironic how she calls out for ‘peace’ because you automatically make the connection to god’s peace: whereas the audience all knows she is damned. You also surprisingly see a psychological vulnerability in Lady Macbeth. She tells Macbeth that Duncan ‘resembled my father as he slept,’ and if it weren’t for that she would have murdered him herself. This is wildly contradicting her cold persona. This is one of the first times you see another side to Lady Macbeth and realize that she’s still has that human compassion; even after calling upon evil spirits to ‘stop up the access and passage to remorse.’

Most of the sentences are either very short or one worded when Lady Macbeth and Macbeth are talking to each other. Especially straight after Macbeth told Lady Macbeth that he had ‘done the deed’ and whilst she was questioning him on the noises he was hearing. This shows that they’re incredibly nervous and can’t talk to each other
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