• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

GCSE Macbeth Coursework

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

GCSE Macbeth Coursework 1. Trace the development of Lady Macbeth's character. 2. Show how the relationship between her and Macbeth changes during the play. Lady Macbeth makes her first appearance alone in the castle in Act 1, Scene 5, she believes instantly in the prophecy and assumes even more quickly than Macbeth that Duncan must be murdered for it to become true. She is controlling and she implies the idea that her husband being a coward and she prepares herself to becoming the queen. Lady Macbeth gets involved and makes a plan and ideas for the future about her and Macbeth. Lady Macbeth says he is "too full o' milk of human kindness to do the deed" This shows how Lady Macbeth thinks her husband is weak and too kind. In Act 1, scene Lady Macbeth uses persuasion towards Macbeth calling him a 'coward', she taunts him and says he cannot love her. ...read more.

Middle

But this also shows how she's far from helpless as she already proved earlier in the play with her charm and skills. Macbeth feels depressed about Duncan's murder and Lady Macbeth is still very selfish and regards Macbeth as weak, the only thing she does is say "What can't be cured has to be endured, what is done is done". After all Lady Macbeth did poison the guards and Macbeth did kill Duncan, Lady Macbeth seemed more concerned about Malcolm going away rather than comforting Macbeth in his time of need. In Act 3, Scene 3 you see Lady Macbeth is sleepwalking she's having a nightmare of the night King Duncan was killed. "Yes here's a spot" Which is indicating to the blood on her hands from the daggers and she said this a few times more "The thane of fife had a wife". ...read more.

Conclusion

It is her commitment to the role that eventually condemns her soul. She keeps her cool, even when the stakes are high. She holds Macbeth together at times when he would nearly blow their cover. "You do unbend your noble strength to think so brainsickly of things." It is ironic that she should make this statement to Macbeth considering her mental state at the play's end. Before the killing, her resolve and ambition are much greater than Macbeth's, but as their troubled dynasty unravels, she is the one whose sanity slips the quickest. The 'stains' that she is unable to wash from her hands mirror her larger role in the treachery. Because she knows that she is ultimately responsible for forcing Macbeth's hand, her mind is tormented by the figurative blood on her own hands. Her honesty while sleepwalking gives proof to what most already know, or at least feel. ?? ?? ?? ?? James Dornor W163 08/05/2007 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Macbeth section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Macbeth essays

  1. Macbeth Coursework

    Women in this time were inferior to men and would not dream to have a dominant role in their marriage. However a modern audience would not be startled by Lady Macbeth's actions, as more women are taking on a more predominant role in society.

  2. macbeth coursework

    He has a guilty conscience and sees daggers and cannot sleep, he is only thinking of himself at these points. Shakespeare uses a different type of imagery at this stage in the play, he Is keen on making the audience realize that the murder has changed Lady Macbeth and Macbeths lives for the worse.

  1. English Literature GCSE Coursework - Shakespeare (Macbeth)

    He does not want to kill him because he is his king and also a close relation. Macbeth is the host and it is his duty to protect him while he is in his castle. This shows us that Macbeth is not an evil man at the start of the

  2. Macbeth Coursework

    She thinks it will be easy to hide the evidence, 'a little water will clear us of this dead'.

  1. Macbeth Coursework

    She is his "dearest partner of greatness." The letter Macbeth wrote to his wife shows love and affection. Their relationship is strong. When one is weak the other is strong and vibrant. When one is determined, the other is tormented. This shows they need each other and are complementary.

  2. 'Macbeth '-GCSE Coursework

    We have not yet met Macbeth but already we are given the impression that he is a loyal, noble and brave man and an ally and supporter of the king, Duncan. Macbeth's first appearance comes when he and Banquo come across the mischievous witches who are casting spells upon the heath.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work