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Analyse Shakespeares presentation of Lady Macbeth in Act 2 Scene 2 and Act 5 Scene 1. Using your knowledge of the play explore the reasons for her eventual breakdown.

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16th July 2010 Analyse Shakespeare's presentation of Lady Macbeth in Act 2 Scene 2 and Act 5 Scene 1. Using your knowledge of the play explore the reasons for her eventual breakdown. Shakespeare's play "Macbeth" is one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies where a husband and wife who are driven apart by power and deceptive twisted words spoken by witches. There is a shocking consequence caused by a case of role reversal. Lady Macbeth has been interpreted in many different ways for example Polanski played Lady Macbeth as a devoted character who wanted the best for Macbeth. This story is about the main character 'Macbeth' a Scottish general that gets caught up in his dreams of power and glory, due to his wife 'Lady Macbeth' - he then begins to be plain evil to achieve his ambition. There is debate about Lady Macbeth and her contribution to her husband's actions and the nature of their relationship. I believe that Lady Macbeth did influence Macbeth's actions but could not control his mind. Lady Macbeth is very domineering. Lady Macbeth's breakdown is partly due to Macbeth becomes king leads to her famous breakdown and suicide. This essay will explore the causes and reasons for her eventual breakdown between Act 2 scene 2 and Act 5 scene 1. Act 2 Scene 2 is a key scene in the play because in act 2 scene 2 Lady Macbeth seems determined and aggressive and she has power over Macbeth unlike later on in the play where Macbeth stops taking her advice and makes decisions on his own and even consults the witches instead of her. ...read more.

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In this scene Lady Macbeth is under a lot of pressure because she has to keep Macbeth sane and stop him giving them away but she has to make sure she is ok and not traumatised by the site of Duncan. There relationship has already changed because Lady Macbeth can no longer control Macbeth or his actions. Lady Macbeth is under a lot of pressure as the play continues because she is partly to blame for Macbeth ordering people to kill Lady Macduff and everyone in his castle in Fythe. When Macbeth kills Duncan he realises that he I damned to hell so he just keeps on killing people who cross him and when he's king he takes advantage of his powers like ordering the murderers to kill Banquo then he kills the murderers. Macbeth doesn't talk to Lady Macbeth and he stops consulting her about important things like he didn't tell Lady Macbeth of Banquo's murder or when he went and saw the witches instead of her. Lady Macbeth took this deeply and this affected her deeply leading to her breakdown and suicide. Lady Macbeth's change is dramatically effective because earlier in the play she is a very powerful and domineering character and now she seems very weak and we can see she is scared of the dark because she has to have a light by her side when she's walking around the castle, also she is trying to get blood off her hands which isn't there and she says "what will these hands ne'er ...read more.

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All these feelings had changed by Act 5 scene 1, where Lady Macbeth was nervous, guilty, confused, fearful, remorseful, weak and manipulated. She is in control of her feelings and soul at the start but then goes through a stage where she no longer is in control which causes her breakdown and then leads to her suicide. I believe the reasons for Lady Macbeths madness was caused by Macbeth's negligence of her like when he visited the witches instead of her, the way Macbeth goes round killing people without telling her, when he sent the murderers to kill Macbeth. Lady Macbeth's character fascinates Director's and actress' because she is such a complex character and also there is no wrong way to play Lady Macbeth as a character because you could play her as a innocent character who only wanted the best for Macbeth or a domineering woman who used Macbeth to gain power. Though she should never have interfered by persuading Macbeth to kill Duncan. She had let her dreams get in the way of reality in this play but she did need someone to confess her sins too. Shakespeare managed to make the audience sympathise with Lady Macbeth as he wrote all her about her true feelings by the end of the play and proved she was not all evil inside. Overall Lady Macbeth was an important part of this play because without her Macbeth may not have had the guts to continue with all his bad deeds. ?? ?? ?? ?? Natasha Kay English Coursework Macbeth Essay ...read more.

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