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GCSE Macbeth Coursework

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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.


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.


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.

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