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Macbeth Coursework Lady Macbeth "Is Lady Macbeth a fiend-like Queen?" Macbeth is a play written by an author called 'William Shakespeare'. He has written very famous plays such as, 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'Hamlet'. He was born in Stafford-upon-Avon, England in 1564. Macbeth is a play about a man called ''Macbeth'; he is called the 'Thane of Glamis', in Scotland and a general in 'King Duncan's army. The play opens with Macbeth returning from a battle one day when he meets three witches. They tell him he's going to become the 'Thane of of Cowdor' and the 'King of Scotland. This seems impossible to Macbeth until he becomes 'Than of Cowdor'. Macbeth sends a letter home to 'Lady Macbeth' about what has happened to him; As soon as she receives this letter she immediately has ideas about killing 'King Duncan' so Macbeth can take his place' One of the main themes in the play is deception -things not being what they seem. "Fair is foul and foul is fair, this contradicts itself. It means good is bad and bad is good, the witches chant it in the opening scene of the play. I think this brings an interesting feel to the start of the playas it gives the audience a sense of mystery. We first see 'Lady Macbeth' appear in the play when she is reading a letter from her husband, Macbeth. ...read more.


"When you durst do it then you were a man and to me more than what you were you would be so much more the man". She is using reverse physiology here telling Macbeth he will be more of man if he kills 'King Duncan'. "I have given suck and know how tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me, I would while it was my smiling face, have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums and dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done this". 'Lady Macbeth' is using desperate measures to shock Macbeth into action. She is saying here that she would rather kill her own child than break a promise. From all the different ways that she tried to persuade Macbeth into killing Duncan, it seems that she was desperate for Macbeth to become King. It looked like she wants Macbeth to become King more than he wants it himself. She is pushing him into things because she wants power and riches; I think this is very fiend-like. 'Lady Macbeth' was thinking of killing the King herself but couldn't do it, she says, "had he not resembled my father as he slept, I had done't". I think that shows us that she is not as evil as she appears and that she still has human feelings. ...read more.


I think that this meant that Macbeth was trying to scare 'Macduff' into not telling anyone what he and 'Lady Macbeth' had done. "Here's the smell of blood still, all the perfumes of Arabia could not sweeten this little hand". In her sleep Lady Macbeth thinks her hand smells like and they are stained. I think that this is her guilt showing in her sub-conscious. The audience start to feel sympathetic towards Lady Macbeth, all the pressure of trying to make sure she and her husband don't get caught finally she has gone mad. This is ironic as earlier on in the play Lady Macbeth had control. The next time we here of 'Lady Macbeth" she is dead, we get the impression she killed herself. So the question is 'Is Lady Macbeth a Fiend-Like-Queen? I think she definitely is at the start of the play. She knows what she wants and will do anything to get it. She is ruthless and we can tell that if she is willing to let evil spirits into her body then she is most certainly 'fiend-like' at the start of the play. Although as the play goes on we see a different side of Lady Macbeth, she starts to panic and realises that her being so fiend-like has caused her husband to become the same way. They eventually become distant; at the end of the play he works on his own and needs no encouragement from her. She becomes vulnerable, less 'fiend-like' and eventually insane. ?? ?? ?? ?? June Boyd Page 1 17/02/2009 ...read more.

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