How does Shakespeare make this scene (act 3 scene 2) dramatic? MACBETH Whence is that knocking?...

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How does Shakespeare make this scene (act 3 scene 2) dramatic?

MACBETH

Whence is that knocking?

How is 't with me when every noise appals me? What hands are here? Ha! They pluck out mine eyes. Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather The multitudinous seas incarnadine,

Making the green one red.

Enter LADY MACBETH

LADY MACBETH

My hands are of your color, but I shame

To wear a heart so white.

Knock within

I hear a knocking

At the south entry. Retire we to our chamber.

A little water clears us of this deed.

How easy is it, then! Your constancy

Hath left you unattended.

Knock within

I hear a knocking

At the south entry. Retire we to our chamber.

A little water clears us of this deed.

How easy is it, then! Your constancy

Hath left you unattended.

Knock within

Hark! More knocking.

Get on your nightgown, lest occasion call us

And show us to be watchers. Be not lost

So poorly in your thoughts.

Macbeth and the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy:

One of the major questions of Macbeth is whether the titular character was doomed from the beginning or if he brought his fate upon himself. The witches give him the prophecy, but the very act of telling him the prophecy spurs him into action. On the other hand, he has the power of free will and could ignore the women, satisfied with the surprising title of Thane of Glamis and Cawdor. The question of fate versus free will is a theme in Oedipus Rex as well as '"Macbeth. It is a complex question of whether the tragic hero is doomed to be tragic or if they have a choice in the matter.

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This is one of the most dramatic scenes in Macbeth. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have just finished murdering Duncan and framing the guards for the deed....

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