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An exploration of Shakespeares dramatic presentation Of Lady Macbeth.

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An exploration of Shakespeare's dramatic presentation Of Lady Macbeth. The modern dictionary definition of "dramatic" includes the expressions "sudden and striking", "exciting or impressive", "intended to create an effect". Certainly lady Macbeth's eight appearances contain all of the above effects, as well as being original, complex and interwoven. A number of lady Macbeth's most important scenes are explored. It becomes apparent that Lady Macbeth plays a pivotal role in sustaining and realising her husband's ambitions. Her own character grows and disintegrates before our eyes in a heart-rendering fashion. Conventional assumptions regarding a female character are overturned. Immoral behaviour such as disloyalty, lies, deception, treachery and brutality are all examined in detail, together with their destructive consequences. The result is a kaleidoscope of ideas and emotions that make virtually every appearance of Lady Macbeth interesting. Lady Macbeth's first appearance in the play Macbeth, Act 1 Scene V is both sudden and certainly creates a dramatic effect. She is found reading a letter sent from Macbeth. She has a very long soliquoy, which tells us that she is a very important and powerful character in the play. There is a definite change in pace between the first four scenes and Lady Macbeth's scene, starting with a storm and witches on a heath, followed by a battle scene with lots of people on stage and then a domestic scene, with just Lady Macbeth on her own. The initial reaction is to view Lady Macbeth in a favourable light and relax with her in the everyday activity of reading a letter from her husband. ...read more.

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Lady Macbeth is the great deceiver, and the overall effect is one of hidden evil, simmering violence and unnatural behaviour. The next time Lady Macbeth appears is in the final scene of act 1. The contrast between the indecisive Macbeth, restrained by scruples, and the strong-minded Lady Macbeth is forcefully presented to the audience. The suspense continues to build as the married couple argue over Duncan's life. Lady Macbeth is scornful of her husband, so she accuses him of cowardice and lacking in love for her. However Lady Macbeth explains her plan and Macbeth is full of admiration. Finally when she has convinced him, Macbeth is ready to kill his king, "I am settled, and bend up each corporal agent to this terrible feat". At the end of act 1, you are left gasping in horror at the way in which lady Macbeth, "the dearest partner", has manipulated Macbeth on the path of murder. Events in Act 2 Scene II accelerate, suspense builds, as we accompany lady Macbeth in her anxious, night time vigil for the return of her husband. The suspense soon drops however, when Macbeth enters and gives the news that Duncan and his servants are dead, "I have done the deed" Until now lady Macbeth has seemed determined and strong. In this scene, by contrast, she is very much on edge, although earlier she seemed able to do the most terrible deeds, now she reveals a more sensitive side of herself, when she says she could not kill the king, "Had he not resembled my farther as he slept, I had don't". ...read more.

Conclusion

Naturally she was wrong. The sudden of the deterioration of lady Macbeth is terrible to witness. In realising her ambition to be queen, she has destroyed herself morally and physically, "foul whisperings are abroad, unnatural deeds do breed unnatural troubles; inflicted minds to their pillows will discharge their secrets. More needs she the divine than the physician". By the end of the play Act 5 Scene VIII, justice has been done. The king, Duncan, brutally murdered in Act II is now avenged. The murderers Lord and Lady Macbeth have paid the price for their evil deeds, "behold... Th' usurper's head", "his fiend-like queen who, as 'tis thought, by self and violent hands took off her life". Lady Macbeth's speeches allow the audience an insight into her mental state. Lady Macbeth has appeared in every act in the play. She is an interesting character in her own right, as we watch her change from the loyal wife to a calculating, determined murderess and finally a tormented, fragile woman who commits suicide as a release from, "the smell of the blood". Her impressive character is also a useful counter-point to the witches, they discern possible futures, she in turn through Macbeth, turns one of the predictions into a bloody reality. Finally her relationship with her husband Macbeth is destroyed due to the pursuit of their evil ambitions; rather than restraining him, she encourages him at vital moments. As a character in the play she is fully developed and plausible and her lack of conventional female qualities is a dramatic feature of the play. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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