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Explore Shakespeares portrayal of Lady Macbeth in Act 1 Scene 7 and one other scene.

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Callum Duffee 11 Bell 11/11/08 "Explore Shakespeare's portrayal of Lady Macbeth in Act 1 Scene 7 and one other scene" Lady Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's greatest and most fascinating female characters. She is evil, seductive, and witch-like all at the same time. However, during the play we see her in two different ways. At the time when we first meet her, she is a brutally violent, power wanting witch, and later on she turns to a shameful suicidal grieving woman. At the beginning of the Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is very savage and vicious. She thinks nothing of killing King Duncan. She has no sense of what is wrong and right, and believes that it is perfectly moral to do the deed of murder. She states that to not go through with the deed would be horrible to yourself, and that you would be a coward in your own eyes. Act one scene seven is and important part of the play because it allows the audience to see some of the inner doubts and thoughts of the two main characters, both through the soliloquy and the subsequent interchange. The choice of language is used to show the contrasting morality of the two characters. ...read more.

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The different types of language spoken by the characters are used by Shakespeare to contrast their personalities - Macbeth's slow convoluted soliloquy perhaps reflects the state of his tortured mind, while Lady Macbeth's scathing accusations reflect on her sharp, ruthless determination. The scene works especially well dramatically because the audience can compare Macbeth's behaviour on his own and that with his wife. It is clear that Macbeth has the potential to make the 'right' decisions when he is not being affected by Lady Macbeth. In the context of the play as a whole, the scene is important because it is in this scene that Macbeth is finally persuaded to carry out the killing. With this decided, what follows is perhaps inevitable. We had to compare Act one scene seven with one other scene as well. I have chosen to compare it with Act three scene four. Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Lennox, Ross, and other lords and attendants are at the banquet in Macbeth's palace. Rather than sit at his place at the head of the table, Macbeth insists to sit among the lords while his wife sits on the dais. Macbeth bids the lords to seat themselves and insists that Lady Macbeth welcome their guests with a speech. ...read more.

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and maintain her composure while he is so afraid. When the lords begin to question Macbeth about what sights he means, Lady Macbeth sends them all away because she claims that her husband's health is deteriorating and their questions will only make his illness worse. The thanes leave Macbeth and his wife. When they are alone, Macbeth tells his wife that the blood that has been shed at their hands will be avenged and their guilt will be discovered. Then he tells her that Macduff refused the invitation to dinner and he's not sure how to take the rejection. He plans to send another invitation to Macduff tomorrow and also to visit the three witches to find out what his future is. He wants to know his fate, be it good or bad. He has schemes in his head that must be enacted before he is able to think too long on them and see the wrongness of his actions. Lady Macbeth tells him that what he needs more than anything else is sleep. He agrees that he needs rest because he has not rested well. The guilt of his actions keeps him awake because he is not yet an accomplished enough murderer to be able to ignore his conscience. They go to bed. ...read more.

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