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Comparing act 1 scene 5 with act 5 scene 1 of Macbeth

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Comparing act 1 scene 5 with act 5 scene 1 of Macbeth There are many similarities and differences between the two scenes of Macbeth. One of the main differences is the ambition of the two main characters. As soon as Lady Macbeth reads the letter, in act 1 scene 5, her ambition shows, "thus thou must do if thou have it". Her ambition grows stronger when she finds out that king Duncan is coming to stay overnight, she prepares herself for evil with the "unsex me" speech, this shows that she is willing remove her weakness of being a woman for, "direst cruelty". This dramatic speech (which is quite early on in the play) gets the audience interested in the play, the speech is made dramatic by Shakespeare's use of vile language, "make thick my blood". In this scene macbeth is not as ambitious as his wife and does not get much chance to speak because Lady Macbeth is dominating and is in control of the relationship. In act 5 scene 1 there are many changes. ...read more.


Lady Macbeth's "unsex me" speech was clearly a theme of evil and the supernatural. In act 5 scene 1 the main theme is the guilt that lady Macbeth feels. The ambition from act 1 scene 5 led to evil to treason to death and now to guilt. The fact that Lady Macbeth is feeling guilty shows that she is no longer evil because if she were still evil she would feel no guilt. She is wishing that she had not done the deed, which means that she is now good instead of evil. Act 1 scene 5 is the first time that we see Lady Macbeth she makes a shocking appearance. She is dominant, powerful, and perhaps frightening in the intensity of her desire for her husband to become king. Macbeth has, "deep desires" but this is nothing compared to Lady Macbeth's ambitions. Within forty lines of seeing her she is summoning the supernatural into her body ad soul. There is a strange overbearing quality in her character; she is willing to do anything. ...read more.


It follows on well from the previous scene where individuals were suspecting Macbeth, now the public have proof that the Macbeth's are guilty. It is relevant to the following scenes when people attack because everybody knows who killed Duncan. In act 1 scene 5 lady Macbeth's speech was well written and snappy, reflecting her strength, dominance and determination. In act 5 scene 1 she speaks rather sloppily, say one sentence about something then saying very different in the next sentence. She uses obvious rhyme, "the thane of fife had a wife" which is also sloppy. Her language is ill constructed, rough and clumsy. It is breaking down under the stress she has; she can not hold it together anymore. On death, a person's language collapses completely, it is no surprise that she later commits suicide. The things that differ the most between the two scenes are the two Macbeth characters; Lady Macbeth was ambitious, powerful and dominating, now she is not ambitious but weak and guilty which is the opposite of before. It is Macbeth that is now the dominant and more ambitious. ?? ?? ?? ?? James Robertson 10S ...read more.

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