In Fools of Time: Studies in Shakespearean Tragedy, Northrop Frye sees a relationship between Macbeth's guilt and his hallucinations: The future moment is the moment of guilt, and it imposes on one, until it is reached, the intolerable strain of remaining innocent.
In this essay, I will argue that Macbeth reflects strict gender expectations and that the protagonists are in turn governed and constrained by these stereotypes.
Also when Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are talking after the murder,
there is a knocking which gives a very uneasy and tense feel.
Also as the play goes on, Macbeth becomes very paranoid about any noise
and it makes the play very tense.
Colour does play a role in setting the atmosphere but only in one or two
of the scenes.
Harrison, that this play contains one of the finest examples of atmosphere ever created in drama: Macbeth is overwhelmed with the significance of his filthy deed....
Knights in the essay "Macbeth" mentions equivocation, unreality and unnaturalness in the play - contributors to an atmosphere that may not be very realistic: The equivocal nature of temptation, the commerce with phantoms consequent upon false choice, the resulting sense of unreality ("nothing is, but what is not"), which has yet such power to "smother" vital function, the unnaturalness of evil ("against the use of nature"), and the relation between disintegration in the ind...
At Inverness in Macbeth's castle, his lady, after appreciating his letter detailing the witches' prophecies, reacts with, "Glamis thou art, and Cawdor; and shalt be / What thou art promised," yet she fears that her husband's nature is "too full o' the milk of human kindness / To catch the nearest way" - words whose meaning becomes clear in her subsequent statement: "The raven himself is hoarse / That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan / Under my battlements." Her treacherous attitude adds greatly to the above-mentioned atmosphere of underhanded activity.
Charles Lamb in On the Tragedies of Shakespeare comments on the atmosphere surrounding the play: The state of sublime emotion into which we are elevated by those images of night and horror which Macbeth is made to utter, that solemn prelude with which he entertains the time till the bell shall strike which is to call him to murder Duncan, - when we no longer read it in a book, when we have given up that vantage-ground of abstra...
Roger Warren comments in Shakespeare Survey 30 , regarding Trervor Nunn's direction of Macbeth at Stratford-upon-Avon in 1974-75, on opposing imagery used to support the opposing atmospheres of purity and black magic: Much of the approach and detail was carried over, particularly the clash between religious purity and black magic....
The already nauseating Witches always
appears at night giving a very suspicious atmosphere to Macbeth when he
meets them as I think sometimes he thinks the witches are just a dream
or a figment of his imagination.
Also all the murders take place at night which gives a creepy and scary
feeling as the majority of the people who die don't know who killed
The Tragedy of Macbeth opens in a desert place with thunder and lightning and three Witches who are anticipating their meeting with Macbeth, "There to meet with Macbeth." They all say together the mysterious and contradictory "Fair is foul, and foul is fair," creating an atmosphere that is surrealistic.
Did the actions and dialog of the main characters reinforce this atmosphere?
Macbeth Act I Writing Prompt
Macbeth is alone while Lady Macbeth returns the bloody daggers when he says, “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?
Duncan's visit to Inverness, a one-night celebration of the victory, occasions quick plotting by the Macbeths ("If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well / It were done quickly"), who are fully aware of the moral evil involved: "But here, upon this bank and shoal of time, / We'ld jump the life to come," and "this even-handed justice / Commends the ingredients of our poison'd chalice / To our own lips." Furthermore, Macbeth recognizes that King Duncan's "virtues / Will plead like angels, trumpet-tongued, against / The deep damnation of his taking-off," while the captain has only "vaulting ambition" on his own side; thus he says to his wife, "We will proceed no further in this business." She responds with an accusation of cowardice, "Art thou afeard / To be the same in thine own act and valour / As thou art in desire?" Her cold cruelty stands out as she re-converts Macbeth to the murder:
I have given suck, and know
How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me:
I would, while it was smiling in my face,
Have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums,
And dash'd the brains out, had I so sworn as you
Have done to this.
All of the bad qualities of Lady
Macbeth 'drip' into Macbeth and then into Scotland, by the end Macbeth
is a forthright killing machine, Lady Macbeth is a nervous wreck who
eventually kills herself and Scotland is in a complete mess.
Before Duncan's murder Lady Macbeth asks for her 'blood to thicken to
her heart' to stop her feeling the pain of the murder.
Above all Macbeth is a play which relies heavily on the atmosphere it
sets for the audience, which is a scary and eerie one.