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Comment closely on Lady Macbeth's first and last appearances in the play: Act 1 Scene 5 and Act 5 Scene 1

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Comment closely on Lady Macbeth's first and last appearances in the play: Act 1 Scene 5 and Act 5 Scene 1 At the beginning of Act 1 Scene 5 Shakespeare writes in prose, this is to show a difference between her reading a letter and her talking. The prose is meant to show lower class but here it is only to show a difference. As soon as Lady Macbeth stops reading the letter her speech is back in to blank verse. The letter that has been read shows that Lady Macbeth and Macbeth have a pretty good relationship as in Macbeth's letter he writes "my dearest partner of greatness"(pg14 line 10), this shows that now only are the in love, dearest partner, but he intends to share all he has with her e.g. if he becomes king she becomes queen. Even though they have a good relationship lady Macbeth fears that Macbeth's character "is too full o'th'milk of human kindness"(pg 14 line 16) meaning that she is doubtful that Macbeth would kill Duncan as he is too gentle of a man, off of the battle field, to do such a thing. ...read more.

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When she does speak she speaks as if she were either speaking to Macbeth or soliloquising about the killings that have taken place. In Act 1 Scene 5 lady Macbeth says to Macbeth that "little water clears us of this deed" but now the guilt has got to her and she is now saying that " all the perfumes of/ Arabia"(5,1,44-45) will not sweeten her hand. This contrasts in a major way to what she said to Macbeth. This shows one of 2 things either earlier in the play Lady Macbeth was fearless or she was putting on a show to give Macbeth more courage, to make it seem that it was ok. She is also said to have been talking in such a way that it were as if she were talking to Macbeth: To bed, to bed; there's a knocking at the gate. Come, come, come, come, give me your hand; what's done cannot be undone. To bed, to bed, to bed"(5,1,58-60) These seem to be said to Macbeth as if he were there. ...read more.

Conclusion

We also see the only bit in the play where she shows that she was there and helped with the killings. As when she says "yet who would/have thought the old man to have so much blood in/him?"(5,1,34-36) The doctor and the gentlewoman automatically link it with Duncan. Although this was something that was unknown and very important they did not tell anyone about it, this is because they thought that she had obviously suffered enough. I think that in this play Lady Macbeth starts off as a strong and powerful character, this is where she dominates the scenes she is in but as you read through the play it shows subtle signs of deterioration until the point when she allegedly commits suicide. This play surprised me as I have seen the play on stage and the two differed so much I couldn't believe it and it shows how much the theatre companies manipulate the book. ?? ?? ?? ?? Daniel Woodbridge GCSE English and English Lit 15th May 06 Coursework: Shakespeare 1 ...read more.

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