Macbeth: Stagecraft/Tragic Hero
Terms in this set (14)
[A bell rings];[ knocking] [alarm] increases tension.
Chiasmus & Rhyme
"Fair is foul and foul is fair, hover through fog and filthy air" to dramatise supernatural sorcery.
Asides & Soliloquies
"This supernatural prophecy cannot be good"
"If it were done, 'twere well it were done quickly"
"Is this a dagger I see before me?"
Duncan: "This castle has a pleasant air."
Hamartia (tragic flaw)
Macbeth's ambition: "a horrid image makes my heart knock at my ribs ... of murder fantastical"
"Courage, and we'll not fail"
Moment of realisation: Macduff: "from his mother's womb untimely ripped"
sudden reversal: "Birnam wood began to move."
release: [Enter Macduff, with Macbeth's head]
Unrhymed iambic pentameter. Most of the text is written in this.
A rhythm made up of five iambs per line. De dum de dum de dum de dum de dum.
A pair of syllables in which the stress falls on the second. De dum.
A pair of syllables in which the stress falls on the first. Ba boom. An inversion of an iamb.
A rhythm made up of four trochees. Ba boom ba boom ba boom ba boom. The witches speak in this.
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