What Dramatic Techniques Does Shakespeare Use to Create a Sense That Macbeth Is Not in Control of His Own Thoughts and Deeds?

Topics: Macbeth, William Shakespeare, Drama Pages: 4 (1440 words) Published: July 5, 2010
What Dramatic Techniques Does Shakespeare Use To Create A Sense That Macbeth Is Not In Control Of His Own Thoughts And Deeds? During the 16th century the amazing writer, William Shakespeare, wrote the genius play Macbeth. There are many different uses of dramatic techniques in his work and I will try to identify them now. Act 1 Scene 7

Question 1
In the first few lines of his soliloquy, Macbeth says "If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well it were done quickly;" I think what Macbeth meant by this, is that if the murder could be finished as soon as the deed was done, it would be good to have it finished quickly. Clearly, such actions do have many consequences and aftermath and the rest of his soliloquy makes it clear that Macbeth already knows this. In my opinion, Macbeth did not want to kill Duncan but was too much of a pushover by his wife and was taken over by his devious ambitions. This is also his tragic flaw as he explains in his soliloquy. Macbeth mentions that he has "no spur to prick the sides of [his] intent" This is maybe failing to realise the obvious, as when his wife enters he is spurred on a great deal. Shakespeare also uses the metaphor of a horse to describe Macbeth's ambition as "vaulting". This is quite effective as its describing how Macbeth could "o'er-leap" himself and end up falling, shamefully. I think, throughout the scene, Macbeth avoids using the words "murder" or "death". Instead, he uses euphemisms such as "surcease", "assassination", "the deed", "taking off" and “great quell”. I suspect this is telling us that he wants to hide from himself the true meaning and the reality of his actions by not putting it as straight as that. Macbeth tries to think of all the reasons why he should not be murdering Duncan, “First, as I am his kinsman and his subject, strong both against the deed; then, as his host” because he knows that he has a duty to protect the king Duncan, both his kinsman and his host. Macbeth seems to know that by...
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