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Comparing Lady Macbeth in act 1 scene up to Act 5 Scene 1.

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Comparing Lady Macbeth in act 1 scene up to Act 5 Scene 1 We first see Lady Macbeth as a dominating and strong character in Act 1 Scene 5. In Act 1 Scene 7 and up to Act 2 Scene 2 we see Lady Macbeth leading her marriage and being the most dominant of the two. Lady Macbeth does not act like a typical Elizabethan lady. They were supposed to obey their husbands, however this was not the case between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth. Lady Macbeth was the assertive partner who told Macbeth what to do. We know this because Lady Macbeth forced Macbeth into taking part in Duncan's murder. In Act 1 Scene 5 Lady Macbeth reads the letter that Macbeth had sent her which describes the meeting of the witches and the visit of King Duncan. After this she realises Macbeths desire to be king but she feels he should obtain a more vigorous streak as she tells him he should become more experienced in deceiving people as they can read his thought to easily in his face. ...read more.


We know that it did affect Lady Macbeth because she went mad. Macbeth said after murdering Duncan, " Will all great Neptune's oceans wash this blood clean from my hands...." Lady Macbeth said she could not kill Duncan herself as it would reminder her of her farther and that Duncan looks like him but when she went to put the daggers back she saw the dead body which may have also triggered her madness. Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth in Act 2 Scene 2 that he should not consider the murder so deeply as if to say why are you worrying it won't be a issue but in the end she was the one that the murder ended up affecting. Macbeth acts as if Lady Macbeth did while the murder of Duncan was going on. When Macbeth kills Banquo he is Strong minded, commanding and authoritative just as Lady Macbeth was. In Act 5 Scene 1 she talks about the murder of Duncan, "Who would have had thought the old man to have so much blood in him?" This shows that the murder of Duncan is the cause for her loosing her mind. ...read more.


this shows us that she has been haunted by the killing of Duncan. This links with what Lady Macbeth says, "All the perfumes of Arabia could not sweeten these little hands." This quote suggests that Lady Macbeth cannot forget the nasty deed that she has committed. We know this because all these quotes are linked in some way to the murder. Lady Macbeth Carried a Candle around with her and she had a candle by her bed a night, this was because when she wanted to kill Duncan she asked for darkness and evil but now she is scared and wants to be in the light at all times. When Lady Macbeth is awake you see that she can hide her feelings but when she is asleep they all come out and she talks about them. I think that this shows a infirmity in Lady Macbeth and that even though in Act 1 Scene 7 and up to Act 2 Scene 2 she did not show it but she does compassion. I feel that Lady Macbeth deserves what has happened to her because it was her influencing Macbeth into doing the murder and if she had not done of it would have happened. ...read more.

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