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Lady Macbeth

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Introduction

Lady Macbeth is the wife of Macbeth who has just come from a battle and has just been named Thane of Cawdor. The first time we see her in the play, she receives a letter from Macbeth talking about three witches and what they said to him. It reads that the witches have predicted that Macbeth will be the new king. Lady Macbeth is already of how to get rid of Duncan who is the present king. Lady Macbeth is told that King Duncan will be coming to stay at their place. She is startled by the news and calls on evil spirits to change her and lose her femininity. "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, make thick my blood... etc. She is saying to the evil spirits give me murderous thoughts, make me have no sympathy for humanity at all. When King Duncan arrives at Macbeths' house, Lady Macbeth has already thought of a plan to get rid of him. ...read more.

Middle

" Now" " As I decended?". The words may not be in the same line but is spoken in a sort of rhythm. All the words spoken are spoken in fear and many questions. Lady Macbeth later says to Macbeth " These deeds must not be thought, after these ways, so, it will make us mad"" She is saying to him to sort himself out, otherwise, he will just go mad. Later, she sees he has brought back the daggers. Lady Macbeth realises that it was a bad idea to bring them back. Macbeth refuses to take them back to the scene so; Lady Macbeth takes the daggers and puts them back in the bedroom. She says "Infirm of purpose', Give me the daggers". She seems to have no fear about the situation, but there seems to be some sort of nervousness in her. Macbeth's wife returns with blood stains all over her hands. She points out that they both have bloodstained hands by saying, "My hands are of your colour, but I shame, to wear a heart so white". She makes Macbeth feel that they are both equal to blame for the murder of Duncan. ...read more.

Conclusion

Macbeth turns his attention back to the banquet. Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth "My royal lord, you do not give the cheer". She is telling Macbeth to please his people as a good host should do. While Macbeth is talking, he sees Banquo's ghost in his seat. His reaction startles his guests so; Lady Macbeth makes excuses for her husband. "Sit, worthy friends." My lord is often thus, and hath been from his youth" are the words that Lady Macbeth explains Macbeths' actions. The ghost disappears but reappears again making Macbeth go insane. Banquo's continues to haunt Macbeth, but Macbeth insists his guests stay. Lady Macbeth urges the guests to leave. She fears Macbeth will say too much. Lady Macbeth then tells everyone "A kind good night to all". After the banquet, Lady Macbeth is very quiet. She seems tired and drained. Maybe it is because of tiredness or even more than that. By this time, Macbeth has seen the witches again, to ask of his future. Lady Macduff has been killed with her son. In Act 5 Scene 1, we see Lady Macbeth again, but this time she has been through different moods. Lady Macbeth's waiting gentlewoman has called in a doctor to view Lady Macbeth's actions in her sleepwalking. ...read more.

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