How does Shakespeare make Macbeth's "Is this a dagger which I see before me / The handle toward my hand?" soliloquy a dramatically effective moment?      

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This soliloquy is dramatically effective because we already know, from the previous act, that Macbeth is struggling with the morality of murdering Duncan. Indeed, the intervention of Lady Macbeth is what really pushes him into committing the act. So the vision of a dagger that appears before Macbeth strongly suggests that he is still emotionally torn, that he feels that a force "marshals't" him toward the murder, and that it is beyond his control. The appearance of this image adds to the internal struggle that the audience knows Macbeth is experiencing.

The soliloquy is also highly effective in setting the mood. Banquo and Macbeth's servant have just departed for the night, and everyone has made their way to bed. It is eerily quiet, and Macbeth knows that the time has arrived. His speech is full of disturbing imagery associated with the night,...

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