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Analyse Macbeth and lady Macbeth's speech and behaviour in act 3 scene 4.

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Abbie Clark 11L Analyse Macbeth and lady Macbeth's speech and behaviour in act 3 scene 4 In the relationship amid Macbeth and Lady Macbeth it is very close prior to act 3 scene 4. At Duncan's murder, they both helped each other and were very much together, but within this scene they start going their separate way, Macbeth murders Banquo and plans to murder Fleance without lady Macbeth knowing. Lady Macbeth and Macbeth host a banquet and greet guests, Macbeth sees a ghost of Banquo, Macbeth is the only one who can see it sitting in the chair, he makes a fuss and startles lady Macbeth and the guests. At the start of scene 4 act 3 Macbeth and lady Macbeth are in very good spirits as Macbeth says "the hearty welcome" and "our self will mingle with society". After Macbeth has spoken to the first murderer his joyous spirit drops and is very nervous now that he has learned that Fleance has escaped and is still alive, he is now a witness of Banquo's murder. ...read more.


Lady Macbeth uses a hyperbole by exaggerating Macbeth's behaviour comparing it to an old woman's fairy-tale "a woman's story by the winter fire" this shows she does not have faith in him in the slightest. Line 62 lady Macbeth uses a metaphor "this is the very painting of your fear" meaning this she is implying this is his imagination; she thinks he is imagining the worst. Lady Macbeth does not succeed in calming Macbeth down as he still shouts at the ghost "why what I care? I thou canst nod, speak too" this quote indicates that he wants the ghost to speak and explain why he is there. In the paragraph where Lady Macbeth criticises Macbeth for being weak, Macbeth uses a lot of exclamation in his speech when he is speaking to and about the ghost, this reveals he is terrified and confused, he also stops and starts his speech using broken syntax, this is more evidence he is scared. Macbeth uses a lexical set focusing on death, from line 71 "if charnel-houses (which is the vaults for the storage of the bones of the dead) ...read more.


There is also a lot of broken syntax here, when Macbeth gives the speech about the animals, he is anxious he is going to get perceived about plotting the deaths. Lady Macbeth and Macbeth use definitive language, for example lady Macbeth orders the lord to leave whilst Macbeth orders the ghost to disappear. Lady Macbeth tries to pull Macbeth together throughout the scene but fails, as the banquet progresses Macbeth becomes worst his state of mind. The both use broken syntax when they are in lousy situations, like when lady Macbeth uses it in her speech, it shows anger and frustration towards Macbeth. Macbeth uses broken syntax when he learns Fleance is still living this shows anger, worry and desperation. The two are juxtaposed as lady Macbeth gains control Macbeth is franticly losing it, this evidence is proofed when the ghost of Banquo is in the banquet and only Macbeth can see it and he gets frustrated when everyone claims they cannot see it as he thinks he is going mad. Lady Macbeth knows Macbeth is not going to serene and panics as the lords are there and is exceedingly concerned about her image, she permits them to leave as a product of them not thinking her and Macbeth are insane. ...read more.

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