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How does Lady Macbeth's language in Act1 scene 5 and Act 5 scene 1 reveal the change that has overcome her?

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English Coursework Question - Macbeth How does Lady Macbeth's language in Act1 scene 5 and Act 5 scene 1 reveal the change that has overcome her? Macbeth is certainly a gentleman on whom Duncan is building "An absolute trust". Duncan's comment could also be applied to other persons and happenings in the play, where things are not what they seem to be, where "fair is foul and foul is fair". Duncan makes a very important announcement "We will establish our estate upon Our eldest, Malcolm, whom we name hereafter The Prince Of Cumberland. Duncan's choice comes a greater shock to Macbeth, for he recognises it as an obstacle standing between him and the crown. At the end of the scene he admits to possessing "black and deep desires" but he is afraid to speak about it openly, including himself. Macbeth writes a letter to his wife Lady Macbeth informing her about the echoing predictions from the weird sisters. Shakespeare shows the solidarity in their relationship, Macbeth seems confident in trusting his wife into his "black deep desires" of becoming king. Lady Macbeth understands her husband and is able to read him like a textbook. ...read more.


Once again Shakespeare show us Lady Macbeth's slyness to be able to switch tone, to be able to flatter her husband into persuasion. "Greater than both, by the all hail hereafter!" Lady Macbeth show her authority by preventing Macbeth from speaking after coming back from a battle he would normally expect his wife to be kind loving and affectionate. She is able to immediately make her self clear by putting her foot down and telling him that she is going to be in charge of the murder. "And you shall put/ This night's great business into my dispatch" Lady Macbeth makes it perfectly that Duncan will not see the morning again. Making it perfectly clear that she is in charge and she has planned this without him and she knows what's best for him. She also tries to tell Macbeth that he must obey her and finish the job like she has planned. "O never shall that morrow see" Lady Macbeth end her speech with a rhyming couplet to emphasise the wisdom behind this act, she know the prize is there for the taking, but she will have to capitalise on the perfect opportunity to persuade her husband to kill Duncan. ...read more.


Lady Macbeth remembers what she said to Macbeth on the night of the murder when there was the knocking on the door. She remembers when she tell Macbeth to put his night gown and pretend as id they were asleep so people will not become suspicious. She also remembers about the ghost of Banquo, Lady Macbeth doesn't know much about the death of Banquo because Macbeth keeps a secret from her. "To bed, to bed; There's knocking at the gate.... I tell you again, Banquo's is buried; He cannot come out on's grave" Lady Macbeth tries to get away from all the suffering and torment whichhas overcome her in a negative way. She tries to forget about the whole thingby sleeping, rather like how a child will run to bed or pull a blanket over his head when he is scared of something. "To bed, to bed, to bed" Lady Macbeth suffers from her guilty conscience. She walks in her sleep, and dreams that she and her husband are murdering King Duncan. She is a totally different woman compare to what we saw from her strong, confident character in act 1 scene 5 she is unable to cope with the consequences of her action. ...read more.

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