Macbeth Act 2 Scene

MACBETH ACT 2 SCENE 2 ENGLISH                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

The whole of act 1   has been building up immense tension for the audience and at the beginning of act 2 scene 2, it is very tense. The way that act 1 has done this is by the witches talking about death, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth have been talking about death and murder and also Macbeth has been questioning himself about what the witches has told him about whether he will actually murder the King. Immediately before this scene, Macbeth decides to kill the King.

Act 2 scene 2 takes place at night which creates more tension for the audience because night time is usually associated with murder. Also Lady Macbeth is becoming increasingly scared of the night by hearing the sounds of crickets, owls and other creatures. The audience would associate these sounds with evil things.

The atmosphere at the beginning of   act 2 scene 2 is edgy and tense due to the fact that King Duncan’s guards were drugged by Lady Macbeth through their poisoned cups of wine: ‘The doors are open and the grooms filled to excess defy their duty with snores’. ‘I have drugged their possets’. But she is worried about whether the drug will be strong enough for the guards and whether the drugs have worked or not. This adds to the tension now that she is starting to show her nerves. During the scene she performed a soliloquy which included ‘For shame! I am afraid they have gotten up, and the deed’s not done. The attempt, and not the deed
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