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Examine Shakespeare's Presentation of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in Act 3 Scene 2.

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Examine Shakespeare's Presentation of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in Act 3 Scene 2 The scene commences with a question conveying Lady Macbeth's increasing anxiety and doubts over their ambitious attempts to become King and Queen of Scotland, and then saying "Nought's had, all's spent / Where our desire is got without content." These lines from Lady Macbeth have the effect of portraying how Macbeth is concerned that despite their treacherous thoughts and actions, they remain discontented and unhappy. However, the entrance of Macbeth triggers a complete reversal in thought for Lady Macbeth, telling Macbeth "Things without all remedy / Should be without regard." This contrast between Lady Macbeth's thoughts alone compared to the ideas expressed in the presence of Macbeth show how Lady Macbeth is unwilling to reveal the full truth to Macbeth, as it would reduce Lady Macbeth's dominance over her husband if she were proven to be wrong in persuading Macbeth to commit the murder of King Duncan. ...read more.

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This is in contrast to the Witches' prophecies that Banquo's sons shall be Kings, a prophecy that has plagued Macbeth, initiating him to attempt the ambitious murders of Banquo and his son Fleance; although Macbeth was unable to murder Fleance causing him great distress. Macbeth tells of his turmoil to Lady Macbeth, saying how is mind is "full of scorpions." This powerful imagery portrays Macbeth's mind as stinging, filled with poisonous thoughts that will not let him rest. This imagery is further proof of Lady Macbeth's control over Macbeth; in Act 1 Scene 5 she states Macbeth is "too full o'th milk of human kindness" whereas he is now attributed with scorpions and poisonous thoughts. Despite Lady Macbeth's dominance over her husband, Macbeth is gradually gaining independence as he hints to Lady Macbeth about the murder of Banquo saying, "ere the bat hath flown / His cloistered flight to black Hecate's summons ... There shall be done / A deed of dreadful note." ...read more.

Conclusion

In the opening scene of Macbeth, the three witches spoke about thunder and lightning as possible weather to meet in, both of which are powerful elements and re-enforce the power and dominance of Macbeth's appeal, and help to further enhance the effect that weather has on the mood and atmosphere of the scene. I would imagine the actor playing Macbeth to be tall with no make-up and untidy hair symbolising the power he is gaining and the absence of any softness or emotion within himself. Macbeth observes the gathering dusk saying "Light thickens" as if a liquid becoming harder to move through, such as blood congealing. Another example of darkness is in the image of the crow flying to the "dark wood," both of which are black and mysterious. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth possess a strong relationship and adoration of each other, although this scene exemplifies that Macbeth is starting to become more independent by not declaring his murderous intentions of Banquo to his wife. However, it is likely that Macbeth isn't telling Lady Macbeth in order to protect her and allow her to retain some innocence. ...read more.

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