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How does Lady Macbeth react to the letter from Macbeth?

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The effect of the letter (Act 1, Scene 5) How does Lady Macbeth react to the letter from Macbeth? Lady Macbeth's reaction when she reads her husband's letter is powerful and dramatic. * As soon as she's finished reading, she has decided she will make sure Macbeth is king It's as if she and her husband are thinking exactly the same thing. She does not hesitate for a moment. * Lady Macbeth invites the spirits of evil to enter her She knows she has to steel herself, that the murder will need evil power, and evil is not naturally within her. * She knows immediately that murdering Duncan is the only way of quickly achieving her goal When Macbeth brings further news that Duncan is actually coming to spend that night with them, it becomes clear that her role is to seize the moment and facilitate her husband's rise to kingship. . Before the murder (Act 1, Scene 7) How does Lady Macbeth persuade her husband to kill Duncan when he does not want to? Lady Macbeth uses different methods to persuade Macbeth to change his mind. Which one really affected Macbeth? * She says it was his idea first This is her opening line - simply pointing out that he raised the idea first. ...read more.

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While Macbeth's conscience strikes in a very public banquet, Lady Macbeth's fear shows up in a private setting. This underlines the different roles of men and women in this society. * Lady Macbeth always saw an end to the process: once Duncan was dead, power would rest with herself and Macbeth This is probably the most important point. She goes over this point in her head. * She was never really an evil person It was Macbeth who had faith in supernatural powers. Lady Macbeth invited them in, they possessed her, and have left her powerless. * The isolation has driven her mad: Macbeth no longer seems to exist for her Lady Macbeth always instinctively saw herself as part of a couple. Macbeth has gradually broken away from her, leaving her totally isolated in her chamber. She desperately wants their former closeness. Short Summary Act 1: The play takes place in Scotland. Duncan, the king of Scotland, is at war with the king of Norway, and as the play opens, he learns of Macbeth's bravery in battle against a Scot who sided with Norway. At the same time, he hears of the treachery of the Thane of Cawdor, who was arrested. ...read more.

Conclusion

Macbeth is too preoccupied with battle preparations to pay much attention to her dreams, and is angry when the doctor says he cannot cure her. As the castle is attacked, Lady Macbeth dies (perhaps by her own hand). When Macbeth hears of her death, he comments that she should have died at a different time, and muses on the meaninglessness of life. However, he reassures himself by remembering the witches' predictions that he will only fall when two seemingly impossible things occur. Meanwhile, the English army has reached Birnam Wood, and in order to disguise their numbers, Malcolm instructs each man to cut a branch from a tree and hold it in front of him as they march on Dunsinane. Witnessing this, Macbeth's servant reports that he has seen something impossible � Birnam Wood seems to be moving toward the castle. Macbeth is shaken but goes out to fight nonetheless. During the battle outside the castle walls, Macbeth kills Young Siward, the English general's brave son. Macduff then challenges Macbeth. As they fight, Macduff reveals that he was not "born of woman" but was "untimely ripped" from his mother's womb. Macbeth is stunned but refuses to yield to Macduff. Macduff kills him and cuts off his head. Malcolm is proclaimed the new king of Scotland. ...read more.

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