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Analyse the character Lady Macbeth in the play Macbeth. How does she reflect the time in which the play was written?

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Part A ? Analyse the character Lady Macbeth in the play ?Macbeth?. How does she reflect the time in which the play was written? During the Shakespearean era woman were treated as objects which would have been passed down from a father to a husband, men were seen to have full ownership of a woman. Men were seen as the superior sex. During this era, there was a large divide in equality between both male and female sexes. Young females were constantly deprived of a decent education, and also from having a stable social life outside of their homes. From a young age woman grew up to learn to never aspire to be anything more than a housewife who would bare children and tend the home, it was the man?s role to go out and earn a keep for his family, this would add to the males superior status. Lady Macbeth is first introduced to the audience in Act One Scene 5. The scene opens with Lady Macbeth reading a letter from her husband; this is significant as it shows to the audience the extent of communication between Lady Macbeth and her husband. Within the letter Macbeth says ?my dearest partner of greatness? this sustains the imagery of their strong relationship, and also gives the audience a sense of equality between both sexes. ...read more.

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In Act One scene six, Lady Macbeth sustains her role of the good hostess this gives an insight to the audience the extent of her deceitfulness. In Act One scene seven, Lady Macbeth becomes a maternal figure towards Macbeth as she uses her role of a woman during this time to help dispel Macbeth?s doubts on going through with assassinating King Duncan. Lady Macbeth is arguably using what is expected of her female role during the Shakespearean era to her advantage, as she is trying to comfort and justify the actions in which they are both planning. Another factor within the scene is that lady Macbeth insults her husband by calling him a ?coward? during this time this insult would have been the worst as it questioned a males dignity and their own self-worth. Again using her deeply rooted unfeminine and ruthless nature Lady Macbeth goes against all she has portrayed to the audience, of being able to be seen as a normal Shakespearean women by saying ?have pluck?d my nipple from his boneless gums, and dash?d the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done to this?. Lady Macbeth openly admits that she has mothered a child, making her seem normal to her era, until she then uses graphic shocking imagery to then sustain her unfeminine nature. ...read more.

Conclusion

Also within this scene Macbeth wants to become the superior figure within their relationship now that he has seized the power to become king, he refuses to tell Lady Macbeth of his plans. In act five scene one, we become fully aware of the physiological impact these murders have had on Lady Macbeth as she beings sleep walking which shows to the audience that she is unable to escape these thoughts to enable her to have a good night?s rest. ?I tell you yet again, Banquo?s buried; he cannot come out on?s grave.? Also when the doctor addresses Macbeth on how Lady Macbeth is doing, he completely dismisses what the doctor says and tell him ?cure her of that.? In act five scene five the news of Lady Macbeths suicide death to Macbeth is presented, he reacts with ?she should have died hereafter;? Macbeth is saying that she could have died at a more convenient time and not when he is going to battle. This shows the audience the change in Macbeth that he has fulfilled the qualities in which where deeply rooted within his wife. Throughout the play of ?Macbeth? we see Lady Macbeth as a strong character who overcomes what is expected of her in many occasions. But over time she had become weakened of her power and just as she previously had lost her child she lost her maternal nature towards her husband. ...read more.

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