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How Does Shakespeare Make the Presentation of Lady Macbeth Dramatically Effective?

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How Does Shakespeare Make the Presentation of Lady Macbeth Dramatically Effective? Introduction: This essay is about to show how Lady Macbeth's character changes over the play. How she dominates the action on the stage and how she is a major influence on her husband and the events in the play. Lady Macbeth first comes into the play when, she is reading the letter that was sent by Macbeth. In this scene Lady Macbeth is acting like a loving wife, we can see this in her her words where she says "Great Glamis! Worthy Cawdor! Greater than both, by the all-hail hereafter". We can tell from this she is acting like a loving wife because she is looking up to him as she says "Great Glamis" and "Worthy Cawdor" and it also it says "Greater than both". In the letter from Macbeth he says "My dearest partner of greatness" this quote suggests that Lady Macbeth is an equal to Macbeth, in those days this was very strange as the men were more important than the woman. I think this is where Lady Macbeth starts thinking she is strong because she has just been told she is equal to a great, strong character, Macbeth. Lady Macbeth does not believe that Macbeth is strong enough to become king. We can tell this by when she says 2Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full O'the milk of human kindness". ...read more.


We can see this by when she says "Art thou afeard. To be the same in thine own act of valour. As thou art in desire". She is saying that, he is afraid of doing something she thinks he has earned. She also says that she also deserves to be queen and will be queen no matter what. Lady Macbeth, I think is only forcing Macbeth to kill Duncan because she will do anything and hurt anyone to be as powerful as she can. Lady Macbeth has no worries in killing king Duncan. I think this is because her call to be "Unsexed", was answered and she had no feelings of remorse. She is strong and in control of Macbeth as he has had a kind of nervous breakdown after killing Duncan. We can see that she has no feelings, in this quote she says "That death and nature do contend about them, whether they live or die". She has no feelings as she says she doesn't care if they live or die. It is as if she is used to killing and doesn't care. "I laid their daggers ready". This shows us that Lady Macbeth has thought this plan to every minor detail. She has set everything up, but she has done it so nothing can be traced back to her. I think she has done this because she does not really love Macbeth and does not care if he gets caught. ...read more.


Lady Macbeth keeps insulting Macbeth's manhood so he will kill King Duncan. Without Macbeth knowing he is being controlled by Lady Macbeth. In act 3 scene 4 when the ghost of Banquo returns Macbeth starts going crazy and saying things about all of the murders. Lady Macbeth can not control and stop him so she pretends that he has always been like this. The relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth keeps changing but Macbeth is never in control of the them even when Macbeth controls the entire country. Lady Macbeth still can control Macbeth. Right at the start of the play when lady Macbeth calls upon evil without anyone knowing the evil keeps growing until it takes over Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and no one can control it. I do not feel sorry for Lady Macbeth because she put herself into the mess. I think she did this because she has always been in control of someone so it was just her nature. Macbeth always has been controlled by someone, as before Lady Macbeth told him what to do the King told him what to do. I think that Lady Macbeth committing suicide is a good way for her to die. From the audiences point of view she has to die as she has committed an evil crime and should be punished. I believe that the best ending for the play would be if we saw Lady Macbeth sneaking off into the wood and then we next see her with the Thane of Fife. As if she was a witch going from man to man destroying their lives like she did Macbeths. ...read more.

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