• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Comparing Lady Macbeth in Act 1 & Act 5

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Comparing Lady Macbeth in Act 1 & Act 5 The Task: Discuss Shakespeare's presentation of Lady Macbeth in Act 1 Scene 5 and Act 5 Scene 1 of 'Macbeth.' Account for the changes and differences you notice and suggest how a contemporary as well as a modern audience might respond to these scenes. Shakespeare's shortest and bloodiest tragedy, Macbeth tells the story of a brave Scottish general (Macbeth) who receives a prophecy from a trio of sinister witches that one day he will become king of Scotland. Consumed with ambitious thoughts and urged to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and seizes the throne for himself. He begins his reign wracked with guilt and fear and soon becomes a dictatorial ruler, as he is forced to commit more and more murders to protect him from hate and suspicion. The bloodbath swiftly propels Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to arrogance, madness, and death. Macbeth's wife is a deeply ambitious woman who desires for power and position. Early in the play she seems to be the stronger and more ruthless of the two, as she urges her husband to kill Duncan and seize the crown. ...read more.

Middle

This line tells us that she wants Macbeth to deceive the King; pretend to be his friends but then kill him when he is not ready. Lady Macbeth uses a metaphor in this quote. This phrase illustrates to the audience that Lady Macbeth is a traitor and a conspirator to the King. This quote also has a result to the Adam and Eve story, where Eve entices Adam into eating the forbidden fruit. Lady Macbeth undertakes the role of Eve by alluring Macbeth into killing the King. In Act 1 Scene 7 we see that Macbeth is still two minded in killing King Duncan. Lady Macbeth, on the other hand, displays no virtue or goodness, but becomes the personification of evil and greed in this scene. Lady Macbeth's superior strength and mental courage dissolves when she is in Act 5. This shows the effect of ignoring both moral and religious principles. The fact that her audience changes from everyone else, in Act 1 to just herself in Act 5 also justify the effects of such a crime. When Lady Macbeth hears of her husband's decision to call off the murder, she attacks his masculine ego, calling him weak and unmanly. ...read more.

Conclusion

Only a priest (a symbol of goodness, forgiveness, and God) can help her now. Once the sense of guilt comes home to roost, Lady Macbeth's sensitivity becomes a weakness, and she is unable to cope. Significantly, she kills herself by suicide. In conclusion Macbeth was carrying the guilt from the beginning, but as the play concluded Lady Macbeth had gained that same guilt, resulting in her sleepwalking with her eyes wide open. Shakespeare uses constant reference to act 1 in act 5. As Lady Macbeth washes away an imperceptible spot, this signifies to the audience what happened in act 1 when she tells Macbeth to wash as bloodstain. Additionally Lady Macbeth is thought to be the more corrupting character through the play as she is confident to murder the king, but as the play ends she is identified to be more ruined than Macbeth and is driven into insanity. Shakespeare uses Lady Macbeth to portray a strong message to the audience. Lady Macbeth is exposed as a manly character, who wishes to have masculine features. She was driven to kill herself by guilt and we think that she executes herself by suicide. The play reveals many moral and religious issues; there is comparison and reference to biblical stories. ?? ?? ?? ?? Vimal Arumugam 10P English Coursework 28/04/2007 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Macbeth section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Macbeth essays

  1. How does Lady Macbeth's language in Act 1 Scene 5 and Act 5 Scene ...

    home, as she does not think a curse or perhaps the ghost of King Duncan haunting her home. For only killing a soul is nothing but killing the king is a 'prize' for Lady Macbeth and Macbeth shall become leaders of Scotland.

  2. macbeth- appearance vs reality

    allowed to say 'Macbeth' or something might happen to the characters on stage. I will now identify and explain the general theme of appearance and reality, which is portrayed throughout the play, Macbeth. There are many people who are not what they seem in reality and can trick the audience into thinking a different way.

  1. EXPLORE SHAKESPEARES PRESENTATION OF LADY MACBETH IN ACT 1 SCENES 5 AND 7

    the King, and then "leave all the rest to me" shows her cool control over the matter. This advice she gives Macbeth is advice given by an expert. The way Lady Macbeth acts like a perfectly welcoming hostess in front of King Duncan will make anyone deflect the fact that she is the mastermind behind it all.

  2. What influences Macbeth to make the decision to kill Duncan in Act 1?

    on a welcoming image 'look like the innocent flower' but underneath 'be a serpent under't', Lady Macbeth manipulates Macbeth to be two-faced. One side to be as a 'noble worrier' and innocent man and the other an evil, scheming character manipulated by his life and witches.

  1. Macbeth - Discuss if the impact on the audience of Lady Macbeth is greater ...

    Here not only is she depicted as in control of her husband but also her words reflect on her evil mentality. She is telling her husband to present himself good to people, but to secretly share the qualities of a snake - evil, cunning, sly etc.

  2. Discuss Shakespeare's Presentation Of Lady Macbeth In Act 1 Scene 5 and Act 5 ...

    In that soliloquy you can see that Lady Macbeth is determined to be queen and will do anything she can to persuade Macbeth to be king by any means. A messenger then enters and brings good news for Lady Macbeth.

  1. Macbeth - Act 1, Scene 5, Act 1, Scene 7 and Act 5, Scene ...

    Act 1 scene 7 is very important in helping the reader follow the story line of the play. It shows us three main things; these are what is happening in the play, which knows about what in the play like Banquo who saw the witches with Macbeth and knew that

  2. Macbeth Act One

    By the end of the scene Macbeth is contemplating 'borrowing' the king's 'robes'. The reference to clothing in this scene is symbolic. The imagery of clothing indicates status, prestige and symbolises a person's title. By using the imagery of clothing, Shakespeare is trying to show that if you wear someone

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work