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Compare Act I Scene 5 and Act V Scene 1 of the Play Macbeth.

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Compare Act I Scene 5 and Act V Scene 1 of the Play Macbeth Act 1 scene 5 begins with a soliloquy given by Lady Macbeth. It comes after Macbeth has been officially named Thane of Cawdor and directly before Duncan arrives at Macbeth's castle. It starts with Lady Macbeth reading a letter from Macbeth regarding his experience with the "weird sisters". At this point, we see her ambition come to light for the first time because she fears that his nature is "too full o'th' milk of human kindness". He is not without ambition but she fears that he will not "play false". She thinks that he is too loyal to interfere and do anything wrong, and so she wishes for him to come home soon so that she can encourage him, saying that it is his destiny to become king "Which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem to have thee crowned withal" At this point, an attendant enters and tells her that Duncan will be staying with them. ...read more.


Act V scene 1 features a Waiting Gentlewoman and a Doctor discussing Lady Macbeth sleepwalking. Again, this scene features a letter, or message. She rubs her hands to try and remove imaginary blood stains, "out, damned spot". This is an image of her paranoia. The imaginary blood spot acts as a damning beacon. In this scene, Lady Macbeth is very weak and agitated, compared to Act I scene 5 where she was very focused. She wanted hell to cover the deed "dunnest smoke", but now she sees hell as "murky" and dark. Now she has to have light with her all the time because she is scared. She repeats a lot of words and phrases such as "to bed, to bed, to bed" which shows her weakening from her powerful language of before. She has still had to direct Macbeth, but it has all been too much, and her conscience has overcome her and her guilt has become too intense. ...read more.


Death is obviously mentioned in the first scene where Lady Macbeth is talking of murdering Duncan and in the second scene where she repeats what she has said to Macbeth about the murder. The theme of power and control is mentioned in the first scene when Lady Macbeth is trying to convince Macbeth that they should murder Duncan and in the second scene where Lady Macbeth's complete loss of control is shown. Guilt is evident in Macbeth in the first scene and very obvious in Lady Macbeth in the second scene as it is the cause for her downfall. Lady Macbeth shows unnatural behaviour in both scenes, firstly in the "unsex me" speech and secondly with her madness. Blood is a recurring image, first of Lady Macbeth's and then of Duncan's. There is also the imagery of the hands, which first hold the dagger, and then show evidence of the deed. Both scenes use imagery and show status by the style they are written in. They both have dramatic impact, but in completely opposite ways. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jezen Thomas F5C - 1 - ...read more.

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