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Examine how Shakespeare introduces the character of Lady Macbeth to an audience, paying particular attention to the impact made by the language. Assess how this impression is created in at least one production of the play.

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Introduction

Examine how Shakespeare introduces the character of Lady Macbeth to an audience, paying particular attention to the impact made by the language. Assess how this impression is created in at least one production of the play. Macbeth; one of Shakespeare's great tragedies. Death, deceit, lies. Very hard to act well, very hard to understand, and many different interpretations, each varying slightly have been preformed. The character of Lady Macbeth is vital in the play and so the way she is interpreted is crucial, as it may well have a bearing on some of the other characters. Would Macbeth have killed Duncan that sets the next chain of events rolling, if Lady Macbeth had not been as persuasive? As the language in the play is Shakespearian, and therefore difficult to understand, can she be deciphered as the main force behind Macbeth's decision to kill Duncan, or is she just a building block to what Macbeth wanted? Therefore to understand her character, an understanding of her language is essential. The 1976 version of Macbeth is one of the most successful versions of Macbeth ever performed. Starring Judi Dench as Lady Macbeth, Ian McKellen as Macbeth, and directed by Trevor Nunn, performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and was made on a very small budget, so the acting must have been what made it so superb, or perhaps the interesting minimalist settings. ...read more.

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Lady Macbeth whispers seductively into his ear, using their attraction to sway Macbeth to her way of thinking, while explaining that Macbeth must remain play the part so that no one suspect them. She again is thinking of her husband; none of what she says is accusing "Your face, my Thane, is a book where men May read strange matters. To beguile the time, Look like the time; bear it welcome in your eye, Your hand, your tongue; look like th' innocent flower, But be the serpent under't" She assures her husband with her words and the way they are said, that she will take care of everything ". . . He that's coming Must be provided for; and you shall put This night's great business into my dispatch, Which shall to all our nights and days to come Give solely sovereign sway and masterdom." "Leave all the rest to me" Lady Macbeth truly believes that her husband needs this, and is willing to do anything for it. In the 2000 version Harriet Walter plays Lady Macbeth, and Greg Doran directs it. The camera is unsteady at times, perhaps to create the feeling being there, the feeling of the unsteadiness of this play or the feeling that the audience is always following the actors, spying on them. ...read more.

Conclusion

major theme (the dirt here can come off easily, but the blood that dirties Macbeth's and Lady Macbeth's hands cannot be removed so easily), and also as she washes she says: "Your face, my Thane, is a book where men May read strange matters" Then her last line: "Leave all the rest to me" is said in a very sinister and mysterious matter, and almost as a threat. She means bad, and sees anything that gets in her way as a hazard. These Lady Macbeths' from both plays are very different. One is not at first evil, but her devotion to her husband and her love for him wins over her fear of the evil. However the second Lady Macbeth is power hungry, and as far as she is concerned this is the chance that they have to grab hold of. She wants this very much and is doing everything for herself. She thinks that her husband is too cowardly, and she is probably not completely sane. In both productions the way in which the language is used is different reflecting these different views which the Lady Macbeths' have. Macbeth is one of the most infamous plays for accidents, mis-read lines etc. and is said to be a jinxed play, and is generally bad luck to perform. I like to think of it as all in the mind; what you think will happen, will. ...read more.

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