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Lady Macbeth - four key passages showing her character

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Year 10 Shakespeare Coursework Examples of good writing on 'Macbeth' 1. In a scene in which she is onstage alone Lady Macbeth demands that 'spirits' remove her femininity, which she sees as her weakness and give her masculine strength to perform the task: "unsex me...and fill me...top-full of direst cruelty!" The contrast between the images of maternity and poison when Lady Macbeth says "come to my woman's breasts and take my milk for gall" emphasises the gravity of the transformation which Lady Macbeth desires. 2. The presentation of the witches is interpreted differently, depending on the production - for example in Polanski's film version, the first image is of the witches with a large staff, which could be seen as a phallic symbol and a sign of masculine power: exactly what Lady Macbeth craves. ...read more.


Lady Macbeth's connection to the witches, especially at this time when she is requesting supernatural aid in her quest for illegitimate power, is Shakespeare's way of giving female power evil connotations. 3. Having been absent for an entire act of the play - reflecting her decreasing importance to Macbeth and of her own power - Lady Macbeth makes her final appearance in Act 5.1. In this scene she is sleepwalking and in portrayed as guilt ridden and insane. Her gentlewoman says "she has light by her continually, 'tis her command" showing her to be paranoid and fearful. It adds to a growing sense of irony, for she fears the dark now, while before she called upon darkness to hide her evil deeds. ...read more.


The motif of blood comes to symbolise regret, the physical evidence of a horrific crime, and Lady Macbeth finally feels the weight of their actions. She speaks in prose, perhaps finally realising the depths that she has sunk to. Her speech also resembles nursery rhymes - "the Thane of Fife had a wife; where is she now." 4. The audience notes that Lady Macbeth is juxtaposed against her faltering husband. Yet Shakespeare foreshadows the existence of a deep-seated conscience: Had he not resembled My father as he slept, I had done. Thus while Lady Macbeth is sure of purpose and a practiced manipulator, we sense already that her actions - which counteract not only Shakespearean expectations of gender, but the natural order - will haunt and sour her reign as queen. The emotion lady Macbeth ...read more.

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