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Lady Macbeth

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Response To Shakespeare Question - - At the end of the play Lady Macbeth is described as "fiend-like". Is this the impression you have formed of her in the first two acts of the play? Yes, this is the impression I have formed of Lady Macbeth in the first two acts of the play. I will explain why I think this in this assignment. In Act 1 Scene 5 Lady Macbeth is first introduced to the audience is she receives a letter from her husband explaining his encounters with the witches and with the king's messengers and how he is now Thane of Glamis and Thane of Cawdor. Lady Macbeth reacts to this letter in a strong way delivering a powerful soliloquy which leads us to believe that she herself believes in the witches somewhat supernatural powers and that her husband will one day be king "All Hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter." (Act 1 Scene 3). She thinks here husband is too much of a loyal, noble gentleman to do what has to be done to make what Lady Macbeth thinks are his greatest ambitions come true. So she takes it upon herself to do all the work and make her husband go along with it, she asks evil spirits to enter her and take away her womanly compassionate qualities and replace them with dark, evil thoughts and qualities "Come, you ...read more.


Lady Macbeth also calls him a coward and says that he should want to achieve his ambitions and become king. She also reassures him that they won't fail "We fail? But screw your courage to the sticking-place and we'll not fail." because they are going to make sure the guards do not suspect them by getting them drunk and then putting the blame on the guards. In Act 1 we learn a lot about Lady Macbeth's character, for instance she must love her husband a lot to plan to kill another person so ha can achieve his ambitions. She is also not a gullible person as even her servants must prove every piece of information they share with her, she is a very determined woman, who is always finding ways to get what she and her family want. Lady Macbeth is also a very false person as she can put on an innocent act in front of Duncan even though she plans for him to be dead by the next day. She can be a very persuasive character as she always manages to get Macbeth back on track of the plan to murder Duncan when he is wavering or against the decision. In Act 2 Scene 2, is when are next greeted with Lady Macbeths presence on stage. ...read more.


As they men all talk about what they should do and how to go about spreading the information of the king's unfortunate death. Lady Macbeth then falls to the ground as though she has fainted and asks for help just beforehand, this is because she must act shocked by King Duncan's death and she believes this is how to do this "Help me hence, ho.". Lady Macbeth then exits the stage helped. In Act 2, we learn about Lady Macbeth's belief or rather lack of belief in her husband as shown in scene 2 when she doesn't believe her husband could have carried out the murder. Lady Macbeth also shows that she doesn't care about the fact the have murdered someone as she says a little water would clean away everything that happened that night and she doesn't show any signs of guilt or remorse whatsoever. In conclusion I agree with the statement the Lady Macbeth is 'fiend-like', this is due to the fact that in the first two acts she shows so much evil and dark sides of herself that it takes over any nice things about her like the way she loves her husband so much. I think she is very determined but in an evil way and also very false and not even remotely feminine, because she shows no compassion or gentleness. This makes me strongly dislike her character in the play. ...read more.

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