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Discuss the characterisation of Lady Macbeth in Act 1 Scene 5, and say how the scene fits into the conventions of tragedy.

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Discuss the characterisation of Lady Macbeth in Act 1 Scene 5, and say how the scene fits into the conventions of tragedy. The Macbeth scenes are generally intended to express tragedy in the play. Much of the scene in Act 1 Scene 5 is concentrated on Lady Macbeth, because she has dominance over her husband. The scene commences with Lady Macbeth in solitary. She had received a letter from Macbeth that he had been announced Thane of Cawdor after a victorious battle. Macbeth had also written that the witches predict he will replace Duncan as King. After reading the letter, Lady Macbeth had been informed that the King will come and stay at her place. She immediately draws spirits to elude out her femininity and sympathy. She later encourages Macbeth of how he should plan his murder of King Duncan. In the first scene, Shakespeare had informed the audience of "thunder and lightning", this gives a stereotypical view of something evil and sinister. This fits in with the conventions of tragedy, because we see that evil has immense power conveyed by the weather. ...read more.

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She provokes evil to control Macbeth, as she responds to him after reading his letter: "look like the innocent flower, But be the serpent under't" - a malicious plan from her that degrades Macbeth's masculinity as he follows her commands. This reaction gains confidence and power for Lady Macbeth, as she recognises Macbeth's weakness. The use of Lady Macbeth's drawing of spirits manifests her being paranormal. There is other evidence of Lady Macbeth's intelligence and power; in Act 3 Scene 4, she carries out excuses Macbeth's comportment; he was unable to rid his thought of his murder. The astonishment of this scene, is that Lady Macbeth does not realise that Macbeth had a malevolent plot to slaughter Banquo. He sees the ghostly apparition of Banquo, which changes his behaviour. When Macbeth had murdered King Duncan in Act 2 Scene 2, he said to his wife "this is a sorry sight" and she powerfully responds "a foolish thought, to say a sorry sight.", this indicates that Lady Macbeth is attempting to convince him that there is no sorrow murdering the King, which delineates more of Lady Macbeth's immorality and determination. ...read more.

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Lady Macbeth's link to the supernatural world to rid sexuality, precipitates a more stronger woman and that is what emphasises the play. As she is growing stronger, we see a more intimate Macbeth. This greatly reflects upon her character. She believes that "human kindness" is a weakness, which explains her condemnation of remorselessness. Macbeth is a dramatic melodrama play, which is famously known for its conventions of tragedy. We see it greatly in the eyes of Lady Macbeth, because her ambitions for her husband to kill the King for the throne were a doomed fate that was inevitable. We feel sympathy for King Duncan for his undeserved death, and this leads on to the downfall of a great person. As the King could do nothing, this play can tell us that evil fate is indestructible. Lady Macbeth is the sinful icon that crystallises her character development, which improves the Macbeth story to keep us focused. Her association with witchcraft had made her more powerful and energetic for her intentions. She had demonstrated her manipulation of Macbeth and shown that evil prevails. Silky Ng Act 1 Scene 5 English Coursework ...read more.

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