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At the end of the play Malcolm calls lady Macbeth a fiend like queen. By analysing her character through the play decide whether you agree with this statement.

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At the end of the play Malcolm calls lady Macbeth a fiend like queen. By analysing her character through the play decide whether you agree with this statement. The play Macbeth was written in the 17th Century when a typical woman of the Jacobean period looked up to her husband. She would be expected to dedicate her life towards looking after her husband and children. She would be dominated by him and her husband would be the leading figure of the household so she would also be submissive and obedient. In "Macbeth" Lady Macduff represents this figure. Lady Macbeth however is the antithesis of Lady Macduff as Lady Macbeth is dominant over her husband, also she is strong, demanding and unquestionably manly. In the Jacobean period this would have scared the audience as they would see this as inhuman in a woman. Even though Lady Macbeth is shown as an unusual person in the play it starts off with Macbeth writing a letter to her and in this Macbeth shows his love towards her. The fact that Macbeth has written a letter for Lady Macbeth rather than waiting to see her shows that he loves her deeply. Macbeth is possessive in that he calls Lady Macbeth "my", Macbeth describes Lady Macbeth using superlatives "my dearest" showing that there is no other person who is a dear to him, he then uses the word partner which shows that he's sees it as an equal partnership where no-one is dominant. Their relationship is sharing, trusting and totally open with good communication. He finishes the phrase off with the word greatness which shows his respect for her "my dearest partner of greatness". Although Lady Macbeth has spoken as if her relationship between herself and Macbeth is on equal groundings her personality cant help being dominant. For example "hie thee hither" (hurry up and come home immediately) which is a very demanding phrase, using the imperative shows her excitement and urgency to put her plan into action. ...read more.


"I see thee still" Macbeth cries as he wants to suppress his feelings, he wants the dagger to disappear and come back when he's ready to handle his problems, he doesn't want to be led to do the murder just yet, he wants to do it in his own time , if at all. This shows he doesn't want to do it with Lady Macbeth, he wants to make decisions on his own rather than in a partnership. Macbeth is so scared of what he is going to do that he still cannot face it, even after all this time, he still uses euphemisms for example he calls the murder a "bloody business" in this alliteration is used as well ,the alliteration makes the phrase sound more happy and bubbly, unlike the real situation. Act two scene two starts off in a state of confusion, all though lady Macbeth still tries to mark her territory ordering Macbeth to do things "Hark! Peace!" and she repetitively makes demands. An owl shrieks "owl that shrieked", firstly an owl is a bad omen, it is seen as an evil creature, and secondly it is unnatural and unorthodox for an owl to shriek as they usual make a hooting noise. Then Lady Macbeth compliments her self ego by saying to Macbeth "had he not resembled my father as he slept I had done it!". There is two interpretations of this, firstly is that a notch has been found in her stout-hearted personality and she has shown her caring for her own family, however the second possibility seems more realistic when reviewing her past actions, and this is that she is lying to Macbeth to make him feel small, and to mock his manhood (which Lady Macbeths knows gets to him) so that he will do it. To lie to your own husband in this type of situation proves that she now finds this more important than her marriage rather than to help her marriage. ...read more.


Lady Macbeth gives up after this, she realises that the relationship is over and she is drained of energy to regain a strong marriage with her husband. She speaks no-more to Macbeth which makes the audience feel sorry for her as she tried so hard with Macbeth , she no longer seems fiend like .To finish this scene off Macbeth leads Lady Macbeth off stage as a sign of authority. The most noticeable thing about the start of Act 5 scene 1 is that Lady Macbeth hasn't spoken for an entire scene at all, but when she does speak she is evidently going insane "one, two , why" as she speaks in prose and not verse as she spoke earlier on. This scene is full of irony, she sleepwalks which is a sign of a troubled conscience, she previously ridiculed Macbeth when he said he "killed sleep". Another ironic thing is that Macbeth said she had "undaunted mettle", metal seeming unbreakable, but Lady Macbeth has broken down. Lady Macbeths earlier actions of praying to darkness is a contrast to her current actions as she walks around with a candle as she is scared that when she dies she will go to hell, and she is willing to try anything to prevent this. Lady Macbeth realises the only answer to her problem is death as she is insane and there is no going back on what she has done. My conclusion is that whether you feel sorry for Lady Macbeth towards the end of the play or not, she is not fiend like. Although she is not fiend like she is wrapped up in her own scheme which has no turning back and only gets worse and worse making her appear fiend like. The audience would also realise that the moral of the story is not to be greedy as it is greed that makes Macbeth unhappy and also takes Lady Macbeths humble yet happy life away. ...read more.

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