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Compare and contrast Lady Macbeths language, style and tone throughout Macbeth

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Compare and contrast Lady Macbeth's language, style and tone throughout Macbeth... Macbeth was written by William Shakespeare in 1606. The story of Macbeth is about a brave Scottish general (Macbeth) who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches, that Macbeth will one day be king of Scotland. Forced by his selfish wife and his own cruel ambitious thoughts, Macbeth murders the king and seizes the throne for himself, which leads to a brutal bloodbath. Macbeth involves love, betrayal, murder, deceit and other things. The play is set all around Scotland, but mainly in Macbeth's castle. Shakespeare got his inspiration by paying homage to his king's Scottish lineage. Most of the play's that Shakespeare wrote under King James I's reign were inspired by James's himself. Macbeth is still a popular play today because it is so ahead of its time. The way it is ahead of its time is because most of those ideas would probably be in a modern horror or action movie which most people enjoy. ...read more.

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The character of Lady Macbeth is very similar to the character of Beatrice in the play Much Ado About Nothing for example... both of them want to gain something after killing someone. Lady Macbeth wants riches and royalty and Beatrice wants justice for her cousin, Hero, after she has been shamed and slated on Claudio and Hero's wedding day. Also both Lady Macbeth and Beatrice use very smart, cunning but persuasive ways to make their lovers do something for them. Lady Macbeth uses insults, verbal abuse, questioning and taunting his manliness but then uses flattery and reverse-psychology and Beatrice does the exact thing with Benedick by first bruising his manliness, then flattery and both of them use love to their own advantages and against everyone else. Also Lady Macbeth and Beatrice came from a patriarchal society where the position of women are thought to be in a lower status to men but Lady Macbeth and Beatrice are both very independent, strong woman and both are very passionate about their role as a woman. ...read more.

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Lady Macbeth does this because she is a dangerous, evil, callous woman. This is especially 'evil' because maybe Lady Macbeth and Macbeth possibly had a child who died, so even she knows how it feels to 'love' a child. Lady Macbeth compares herself to Macbeth because she wants to be a man so she becomes strong. She convinces him and gives him a lot of encouraging remarks like ' we will not fail' and 'if you commit to something you will not fail' and she refers to the witches a lot saying that if the witches prophesised it, it will come true. Lady Macbeth is both encouraging and abusive to Macbeth because she is nice to Macbeth, and then she insults him and bruises his ego and masculinity "was the hope drunk wherin you dressed yourself? Hath it slept since" and "live a coward in thine own esteem" she is using rhetorical questions and metaphor. Another way to convince Macbeth is by using verbal abuse (name calling) and calling him a coward and questioning and taunting his manliness and dignity. She also compares Macbeth to a cat, which hurts his pride "like the poor cat i'th' adage" ...read more.

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