How Are Macbeth And Lady Macbeth Presented In Act 2 Scene 2? How Could
This Be Shown On Stage?
In Act 2 Scene 2 Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are presented in various
ways throughout the scene. This is because of the tense and anxious
nature of the scene. The characters go through a number of changes in
feeling through the scene; these changes will be looked at in detail
in the main body of the essay. This scene takes place immediately
after the murder of Duncan. Meanwhile Lady Macbeth is anxiously
wondering whether Macbeth will really do the deed. When he returns,
covered in blood and highly strung, she organises how to cover up the
murder so that they won't be found out. In this scene we see certain
emotions in the characters, which we haven't seen much of so far, or
in some cases totally new emotions for a character.
At the start of this scene the atomsphere is very tense as Lady
Macbeth waits for here husband to return.
This shows that at this point that Lady Macbeth is nervous beacuase of
her eratic reaction to the owl. She is worried that Macbeth might not
commit the murder, this is making her nervous; and is shown by her
reaction to the slightest noise.
This is a quick shift in attitude from Lady Macbeth as at the very
beginning of the scene she is feeling in control and powerful.
"The drink that hath made the drunk, hath made me bold;"
This shows that she is feeling powerful because she is saying the
guests and guards have been drugged; so that should make the murder
easier because everyone would have their guard down. I think that
there was a sudden change in her attitude because of the shriek of the
owl, because this was seen as a sign of murder.
When Macbeth enters he is confused because he still has not come to
terms with the murder that he has just committed.
"Who's there? What ho?"
This shows that he is confused because he is asking questions without
waiting for an answer. This also shows that he is worried that someone
has heard him and has come to see what has happened. this is typical
of Macbeth because when he is left alone his conscience gets the
better of he, particually because he was already sceptical about the
Because Macbeth is so panic-striken Lady Macbeth decides that she has
to take control of the situation. She knows that Macbeth is sceptical
about wether he had done the right thing so she works on manipulating
Macbeth's trail of thought and works on getting him to feel more
comfortable with the suituation and what they have done. This part of
the scene is done with short exchanges of speech between Macbeth and
Lady Macbeth, this adds to the tense atmosphere.
"A foolish thought to say a sorry sight."
This shows that Lady Macbeth is taking control because Macbeth is
saying that what tehy have done shouldn't have been done. But Lady
Macbeth is saying that he shouldn't think like that and that he should
look to the positive things...