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Examine the character and role of lady Macbeth in the banquet scene. Compare how she is presented in this scene to her character and role in acts 1 and 2

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English Coursework for G.C.S.E Examine the character and role of lady Macbeth in the banquet scene. Compare how she is presented in this scene to her character and role in acts 1 and 2. You should consider: * Her behaviour * Her relationship * Her relationship with her husband * Her language * Her attempts to control the situation * How she would of appeared to a contemporary audience My coursework is about the role of lady Macbeth in the banquet scene and how she is presented throughout Act 1 and 2 At the start of act 1 we learn that Macbeth and lady Macbeth are in a very close relationship as we are told that they stay in touch by letters. It was in a letter that we get are first impression of just how important she is to him as he tells her all about what has happened and how he is to become king of Scotland. He tells her that the king is coming to their castle tonight and to prepare for him coming. ...read more.

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When lady Macbeth welcomes Duncan she does it with elaborate courtesy, she speaks of loyalty, obedience and gratefulness of past years, but lady Macbeth's flattery hides a sinister purpose. We learn in scene seven just how strong she really is when she calls her husband a coward and points out that she herself would rather kill her own child than break a promise, "....dashed the brains out, had I sworn as you have done to this". Before the murder takes place the audience see Lady Macbeth as a strong cunning woman in the first few acts but a "false face must hide what the false heart does know". During and after the murder, Lady Macbeth finds herself on her own and her real feelings start to show as she is scared of sounds around her in the night and the thought that Duncan reminded her off her father. Lady Mac Beth with her courage goes back to the murder scene and plans an alibi for her husband, which just shows how much she loves Macbeth to do this for him. ...read more.

Conclusion

She tries to calm everyone and make it look just normal. When the ghost comes back the second time, Lady Macbeth orders the guests to leave immediately without any thought off precedence or rank. At the end we see Lady Macbeth worried about her husband and tells him he must sleep. The end of act 3 scene 4 signifies that she is making it clear that she is in control. Macbeth at the end say 'We are yet but young in deed' he says 'we' which shows he is still in it together. In Acts 1 and 2 it was a team work but now in Act3 she just cant stabilise herself and get over the death, but things start and get to her which she cant control and I think she realises that her husband has been taken over by evil. To a contemporary audience this probably wouldn't have been quite a shock to see a king reeling on witches for but the idea of treason probably wouldn't of effected them that much. By Susan Glover ...read more.

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