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Explain how the power shifts from Macbeth to Lady Macbeth in the early stages of the play.

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Explain how the power shifts from Macbeth to Lady Macbeth in the early stages of the play. In its time the play of Macbeth was very topical, King James the first enjoyed this play because just before the play was released someone tried to kill King James and in this play Macbeth got what he deserved for killing King Duncan. All though the idea of witches these days is a joke in the day that this play was written (1605-1606) witches were a very real, very frightening thing. Thousands of people were accused of being witches and burnt at the stake. This play of Macbeth is all about power and how it shifts from one person to another. Macbeth at in the early stages of the play gets a thirst for power after he defeated the Norwegians in battle. Macbeth sees power as the best most important thing in the world. Lady Macbeth wanting the best for her husband constructs a plan for him to get it. At the beginning of the play Macbeth is a noble warrior who is very loyal, trustworthy and would defend Scotland with his life. He fights brutally against the Norwegians and carves his way through their ranks. He is brutal in the way he kills enemies by unseaming them from "the navel to the chops" meaning the belly button to the jaw. ...read more.


Sound is also important if you watch a scary movie with sound then without sound you wouldn't be scared on the one without sound. As you wouldn't know what's about to happen. Sound brings across the mood of the scene. To show the change in Lady Macbeth she should begin to wear dark gothic clothes. Lady Macbeth is very serious about making Macbeth king. In Act 1 Scene 5 Lady Macbeth even turns to witchcraft and gets rid of her womanhood? In the Elizabethan Society women were thought of as things, which could be owned (like a belonging.) They had no power, they were only good for washing, cleaning and reproducing. Lady Macbeth is unusual because she has power over Macbeth. (This is very rare for a woman to have, especially over a man.) We can see this by the way she always has the last thing and the most to say. During Act 1 Scene 7 Lady Macbeth shows a great deal of power over Macbeth as the equivalent of the scene is focused on her. She always overpowers Macbeth in the play we can see this by, When Macbeth decides not to go ahead with the murder Lady Macbeth convinces him into doing it. ...read more.


Macbeth says "I'm afraid to think what I have done; look on't again I dare not." Macbeth in this quote stands up to Lady Macbeth and refuses to return to the room where Duncan lays. In this scene we can see Macbeth is out of control by the way he continues to hear noises and becomes very jumpy every time he hears a sound. If you look at the difference between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth in this scene you can see Macbeth's guilt compared to the way Lady Macbeth feels. Macbeth after saying, "The multitudinous seas incarnadine, making the green one red." This shows that Macbeth is immersed in guilt while Lady Macbeth after returning the daggers to the room also has blood on her hands. Lady Macbeth says, " a little water will wash this off". This line shows that she has no guilt to what she has done. At the beginning of the play Macbeth is loyal and brave to King Duncan and Scotland. After winning the war Macbeth see 3 witches. I don't think the witches hold any power they just minipulated Macbeth into believing there prophese. I think that if Macbeth had never of seen the witches then he would of never murdered Duncan. The most powerful character is Lady Macbeth. She controls Macbeth by outworden him. If you compare the amount Macbeth says to Lady Macbeth the difference is massive. Essay Lizzy Franks 09/05/07 ...read more.

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