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Lady Macbeth

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Introduction

Lady Macbeth Lady Macbeth is one of the main characters in the play 'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare. She first makes her appearance in Act1 Scene5. In this scene she is reading a letter from Macbeth. The letter summarises Macbeth's encounter with the witches. Shakespeare could have done this on purpose so that the audiences understand what is going on. Lady Macbeth is very happy to hear that Macbeth will be King but she is worried that Macbeth is too soft: "Glamis thou art, Cawdor, and shalt be What thou art promised; yet do I fear thy nature, it is too full o'th'milk of human kindness". Even though Lady Macbeth does not exactly say: "kill Duncan (present King)" she makes it obvious by making the atmosphere evil so that everybody else would think that she is really going to murder Duncan: "...unsex me here And fill me from the crown to the toe topfull Of direst cruelty"- she wants her womanly weakness taken away and to turn totally cruel, "Come to my woman's breasts And take my milk for gall"- 'gall' is bile, which is a revolting substance, "Come, thick night, And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell, That my keen knife see not the wound it makes, Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark, To cry,'Hold,hold"- she wants the night to be really dark, so they can stab people without being seen. ...read more.

Middle

This is the first sign that Lady Macbeth has shown of being considerate in the play. During the conversation in Act1 Scene7 Lady Macbeth could have been persuading Macbeth in many ways- she could have been very emotional and be concerned that Macbeth is a coward (as in Roman Polanski's 'Macbeth'), or she could be talking in a raging voice- as if she is really insulting him angrily. In Act1 Scene7 Lady Macbeth manages talk Macbeth into murdering Duncan. After the murder Lady Macbeth and Macbeth meet again in Act2 Scene2. In the beginning of this scene Lady Macbeth is alone and she does a soliloquy, here is a parts of it: "That which hath made them drunk, hath made me bold", Lady Macbeth has had a little bit of the wine that the guards drank, she had drunk it to keep her brave meaning that Lady Macbeth wasn't not have been all easy with the murder. In the same scene (after Macbeth comes) Lady Macbeth explains she would have done the deed herself but couldn't because Duncan resembled her father: "Had he not resembled My father as he slept, I had done't". This shows that Lady Macbeth is not very strong in controlling evil like she said in Act1 Scene5. Macbeth explains that Malcolm and Donalbain were praying in the next room and that they had said "Amen" at the end but Macbeth could not say it. ...read more.

Conclusion

Lady Macbeth had also ordered her servants to have light lit all around her: "She has light by her continually, 'tis her command". Lady Macbeth also says: "Yet here's a spot" and " all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand". Obviously Lady Macbeth is remembering her past experiences. When she had ordered light by her continually she is frightened, she asked the darkness to come and take over her in Act1 Scene5, but now she wants there to be light. In Act 2 Scene2 she had said that a little water will clean the blood but now she still 'sees' the blood, meaning that she feels totally guilty. She also uses the words: " little hand", this makes the audience feel sympathy for her. In Act 5 Scene1 Shakespeare has cleverly made the audience feel sympathy for her that was really well done. Soon after this scene Lady Macbeth kicks the bucket. So Overall Lady Macbeth is somewhat good. In the beginning of the play she thought she could control evil, but later on in the play she gets really scared of evil. I haven't once heard Lady Macbeth say that she would be Queen. She always said that Macbeth would be King. This could mean that Lady Macbeth could have done the whole thing just because she wished the best for her husband, which is a good thing. ...read more.

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