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By the end of Act II What impressions have you formed of Lady Macbeth / Macbeth?

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By the end of Act II What impressions have you formed of Lady Macbeth/Macbeth? My impression of Lady Macbeth throughout the first two Acts of Macbeth is formed by the following; * Lady Macbeth's relationship/behaviour with her husband Macbeth. * Lady Macbeths Behaviour with others. Lady Macbeth is definitely the stronger character in the first half of the play. Even before she appears, we hear about her in Act 1 Scene 2 line 54 where she is referred to as Bellona the Roman goddess of war. This gives the audience an impression of a strong forceful woman. The first time we actually meet Lady Macbeth is in Act 1 Scene 5 line 1. She enters reading a letter from Macbeth. On line 9, Macbeth refers to her as 'my dearest partner of greatness'. This quote shows the enormous amount of respect Macbeth has for his wife. He treats Lady Macbeth as his equal and trusts her enough to tell her about his meeting with the weird sisters. This is unusual behaviour for a man of the Elizabethan period; relationships between men and women tended to be one sided The men considered themselves to be superior and women accepted it. At this point in the play, I believe Macbeth depends on his wife, loves her and needs her opinion, this is shown throughout his letter to her. ...read more.

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the weird sisters in the first act when they talk about when they will meet again, the idea of the good characters only using good referencences such as good weather, light, food, fun) 'So foul and fair a day I have not seen.' Lady Macbeth is said to be very beautiful if this is true the could apply. If she Is beautiful she is bad/evil as bad/evil is beautiful, confusing but that I would expect nothing less from a writer like Shakespeare nothing is as it seems. * One of Lady Macbeths soliloquies is very important when talking about the unnatural; it is in Act 1 Scene 5 lines 35 onward. In this she talks to 'spirits that tend on moral thoughts' and says many things that could be used to argue she is a witch some examples are; line 39 'unsex me here' she may say this as the women are the weaker sex and she wants to be stronger. She goes on to say she wants to be rid of her conscience and then says 'Come to my Woman's breasts and take my milk for gall' This is another reference to her having a child. 'Come thick night' is also a reference to evil as all the bad that happens in this play happens at night. ...read more.

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She sleep walks and sleep talks. In her mind she can not get rid of the blood on her hands or the guilt. (Blood in this play also symbolises guilt.) It is a shame I could not go into as much detail as I would have liked. I would have loved to analyse in greater detail the many questions that remain unanswered for example is lady Macbeth a witch, did she have Macbeth's child or children if so were are they, and how many faced does Lady Macbeth have and which side of of her character is the real lady Macbeth. I would love to further question her marriage to Macbeth and how she compares to Lady Macduff . I would love to do the same for Macbeth and really get to grips with his amazingly complicated Character. I love the challenges Shakespeare gives us and would love to know his if he had them. Every part of the play is linked with another part and I wish I could sit down and consider the play from every angle possible. If I were to re write this essay I would defiantly try harder to make all the links with the characters and hidden meanings. 1 ...read more.

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