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Lady Macbeth coursework Lady Macbeth first appears in Act 1, Scene 5 whereby she is reading a letter from Macbeth informing her of his prophecies. This scene shows just how close Macbeth and Lady Macbeth were at the beginning of the play; it shows their original relationship. After reading the letter Lady Macbeth is thinking about the opportunities open to her and Macbeth. She is immediately conscious of the significance of the predictions, and as the King will be paying a royal visit soon, this will give them the opportunity to hurry the prophecy. She shows great determination and ambition from the beginning, "shalt be/What thou art promised". This suggests that she is young for she has big ambition. However, she may be old as she is determined to get her last chance of power for in Shakespearean times mean were thought of first and women occupied a lesser status to men in society. Lady Macbeth is planning to put evil thoughts in Macbeth's mind, "that I may pour my spirits in thine ear" as she knows that she has to push her husband in order for him to achieve greatness and hassle him on to the murder he must commit. She is doubting Macbeth's ability to gain the title king as she fears that his nature is not ruthless enough, is "too full o' th' milk of human kindness," to murder Duncan and assure the completion of the witches' prophesy. ...read more.


When you durst do it, then you break, then you were a man". Lady Macbeth changes her tactic, revealing that she has become more malevolence and will persevere to get what she wants. She uses a horrific image of killing her smiling baby "while it was smiling in my face, Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums" as a way to show her commitment to this deed to Macbeth. This is showing her strength of mind as she persuades Macbeth by constantly attacking him and making him feel weak about his masculinity. Macbeth responds, "If we should fail" showing that Lady Macbeth is a major influence to Macbeth at this point as he begins to think the same way as her for he re-considers the deed to kill Duncan. At this point in the play, Shakespeare re-confirms just how close the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth is and that she has the power and he listens to whatever she has to say. Lady Macbeth's performance in Act2, Scene 2 is full of excitement and emotion. She is confident at the start of this scene as what made the guards drunkmade her "bold" which is also suggesting that she is nervous for she need a drink to give her courage, "hath given me fire." ...read more.


She blames his imaginations on his fears, "very painting of your fear" and begins to attack his manliness once again saying that this is like "a woman's story". The breakdown of their relationship is further confirmed when she shows more concerns about the people around the table, "your noble friends do lack you". Towards the end of the scene she shows more affection towards Macbeth, "you lack the season of all natures, sleep" showing that she still cares and tells him that he should go to sleep. Lady Macbeth's character changes dramatically in Act 5, Scene1 as she has become weak and less confident. She begins talking in her sleep. She has become mad and starts ranting and raving, "Out, damned spot!" Out I say!" which shows she is breaking down for in previous scenes she was more in control. She shows excessive fear of blood as she tries to remove blood from Ducan, "look, how she rubs her hands" she cannot forget about the blood on her hands and the image haunts her. AS well as seeing it, she can smell it and it cant be remove, "all the perfumes in Arabia, will not sweeten this little hand" this links to Macbeth's point about the blood being unable to be washed away by Neptunes oceans. Lady Macbeth reflects on what happened after the murder of Duncan and her behaviour at the Banquet "to bed, to bed". She is echoing her husband's behaviour and is hallucinating. ...read more.

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