How do I write a paragraph on the dramatic significance of Macbeth's soliloquy in Act 2 Scene 1 of Macbeth?How do I write a paragraph on the dramatic significance of Macbeth's soliloquy in Act 2...

How do I write a paragraph on the dramatic significance of Macbeth's soliloquy in Act 2 Scene 1 of Macbeth?

How do I write a paragraph on the dramatic significance of Macbeth's soliloquy in Act 2 Scene 1?

This is what I have so far:

During Macbeth’s soliloquy he is alone in his castle, reflecting on the murder he is about to commit. The quotation develops the characterization of Macbeth by illustrating that Macbeth feels the guilt of the murder and is not as cold and calculating as he appears.

Am I on the right track? and what exactly should I be doing from here?

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durbanville | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Your answer is good so far and the reason why it is dramatic is because it gives the reader the opportunity to consider Macbeth's character and make him more real and not just the personification of evil. To carry out this deed without any consideration of the wrongdoing would remove any feelings the audience may have towards him and his hesitation provides the audience with cause to recognise that he is manipulated and almost under a 'spell.'

Is this a dagger which I see before me,
The handle toward my hand? Come let me clutch thee.

He is even steeling himself for the deed he obviously knows is heinously wrong.

The ringing of the bell is what seems to send him into the almost trance-like state - as if he is hypnotized

 Lady Macbeth’s signal,... the ringing of the bell

So explain how the fact that he is not so cold and calculating adds to the audience's understanding of him and the dramatic significance of that is evident as it affects the tone of the whole play.

Add a reference to the influence of the witches and his wife (as mentioned above) in the situation in which he now finds himself. Including something about the trance-like state in which he concludes the soliloquoy also adds to the dramatic effect.   

I hope this helps.

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