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The Impact of Act 2 scene 2 of Macbeth Act 2 scene 2 is the most violent and intense part of Macbeth although we do no actually witness the murder of King Duncan It is interesting that Shakespeare chooses to have Macbeth kill Duncan offstage We can only guess why he wrote the scene that way I think that Shakespeare wanted to focus not on the murder but on Macbeths reaction to it the bloody details supplied by the audiences imaginations will be much worse than anything that could be done onstage It is also the most crucial part of the play it is the first of many murders This scene takes place at night I feel the darkness represents what is unnatural cruel and evil Everything that happens within the play appears to revolve around this particular scene Not only is this important because it contains the murderous act it also conveys to the audience the rapid disintegration of the relationship between the two main characters Macbeth and Lady Macbeth In act 2 scene 2 the murder of Duncan takes place The audience should be on the edge of their seats by now wondering if Macbeth will actually have the nerve to murder his king The tension increases dramatically when we see Lady Macbeth pacing about in a nervous but excited state awaiting Macbeths return increases the tension dramatically We get a peek at Lady Macbeths softer side She says that she would have killed Duncan herself but the old man looked too much like her father This small reminder of Lady Macbeths humanity will be important to our understanding of what happens to her at the end of the play As she waits she decides that she heard a screech owl and she takes that as a good omen because the screech owl is natures own fatal bellman A fatal bellman would emphasize the idea of death
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