Macbeth short story transformation – murder of King Duncan
Transform the murder of King Duncan (Macbeth) scene 2 act 2 into a short story. Tell the story of what is not told in the actual text. Begin with visions/
hallucinations of daggers ( the weapon used in murder). Build to the climax of the actual stabbing. Include moral confusion ( knowing he should not do it, compassion
verses knowing it’s the way to be King as per Witches prophecies. Include the line ” it is the bloody business which informs thus to mine eyes” this can be repeated as
he proceeds to Duncan’s quarters. Macbeth hears bells ( more hallucinations) this may continue as he is in shock from killing Duncan . Story might start with bells
ringing in his head ( sign of insanity) . Shock and anxiety must be obvious before during and after killing. Macbeth may return to corpse to speak to him as a trusted
friend showing not fully evil, as well as another allusion to his insanity. Macbeths footsteps may get louder as he leaves Duncan’s quarters symbolising guilt weighing
him down. Suspense from the beginning, vital to build tension to the climax, actual murder.