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Discuss the character of Lady Macbeth as revealed in act 1 and how she attempts to influence her husband

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Discuss the character of Lady Macbeth as revealed in act 1 and how she attempts to influence her husband Lady Macbeth is introduced to us in scene five. At this time she is reading a letter sent to her, by her husband, Macbeth. Lady Macbeth mostly thinks about the issue of killing Duncan. She believes that Macbeth won't do it because he doesn't have the ruthlessness. He wants to be great but he doesn't want to commit murder or any other crime to gain this greatness. However, despite this she is still very determine to carry out the deed, she wants to prompt Macbeth into doing it. ...read more.

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She calls upon the spirits to enter her body. She wishes that she could lose her femininity and thus be able to carry out the deed for herself rather than relying on Macbeth to do it for her, in losing her femininity she will feel no remorse after killing Duncan. She wants to turn her milk sour; this means that she wants it to become evil. She wants it to be made so dark and evil that not even the knife can be seen as it is stabbed in to Duncan. As Macbeth enters the scene she begins to talk in a whole new way, she begins to talk like the witches. ...read more.

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She tells him that killing Duncan will prove his manhood to her for he would be king. She also tells him that the time or the place can't be better than it is. This is the perfect moment to carry out the deed but only if he is a real man. Lady Macbeth says trhat she would pluck her own babe from her nipple and kill it by ripping its head off rather than break such a great promise. This shows that she has been entered by the spirits she called upon and has become evil for the mother is the one and only guardian over a baby. As a baby breasts feed it is so vulnerable and is in the control of the mother. ...read more.

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