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How does Lady Macbeth react to the letter from Macbeth?

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How does Lady Macbeth react to the letter from Macbeth? The Answer 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. 'Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be What thou art promised.' (I, v) 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: 'Come you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts! unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of direst cruelty!' (I, v) 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: 'He that's coming, Must be provided for.' (I, v) 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. ...read more.


(I, vii) She realises that Macbeth's doubt needs to be overcome quickly and this needs extreme measures. If they delay one night, the chance is gone. How does the character of Lady Macbeth develop throughout the play? Use the timelines to remind yourself about the key events of the play and Lady Macbeth's changing thoughts and feelings. We have chosen quotations to support the points made, but try to find other examples yourself to use in your essays. Look at how quickly Lady Macbeth fades out of the action. It is only a matter of days between the point where she is driving Macbeth to kill Duncan, and the point when she loses touch with him completely. The morning after the murder (Act 2, Scene 3)- Why does Lady Macbeth faint? Without warning during this scene, Lady Macbeth faints. This has been argued about ever since the play was first performed. Does she faint to distract attention, because the others might see through Macbeth's elaborate excuses? Or is it because she is genuinely shocked and overcome and her strength suddenly leaves her? ...read more.


Her persuasion no longer works on him: 'Lady M: "What! quite unmann'd in folly?" Macbeth: "If I stand here, I saw him." Lady M: "Fie, for shame!"' (III, iv) She scolds him in the same way as before the murder, but this time it's different. She doesn't really know what's wrong - she can't see the ghost. She cannot understand Macbeth's faith in the supernatural: 'Why do you make such faces? When all's done You look but on a stool.' (III, iv) She always looks for natural ways of putting things right. While he prepares for more killing, she looks for simple, natural ways of coping - a little water, sleep. Lady Macbeth is still concerned that they act, and cope, as a couple: 'Lady M: You lack the season of all natures, sleep. Macbeth: Come, we'll to sleep. My strange and self-abuse Is the initiate fear that wants hard use: We are yet but young in deed.' (III, iv) This is important. Remember she can only really have power through her husband. She has no power of her own. So her main worry is that the guests see them as man and wife, king and queen. ...read more.

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