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Lady Macbeth is the spur to prick the sides of Macbeth's intent : Discuss with reference to act 1 scene 7

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Lady Macbeth is the spur to prick the sides of Macbeth's intent : Discuss with reference to act 1 scene 7 In act 1 scene 7 we see that Macbeth is struggling with the moral and ethical turmoil of his conscience as to weather he should commit the sacrilegious act of regicide "with his surcease , success" Macbeth feels that if it were to be the "be all and end all" he would do it , however he fears the repercussions in that it may "return to plague th'inventor" this is a mere shadow of the brave valiant soldier we have known in the past scenes. He concludes that he has "no spur to prick the sides of my intent" aside from his "vaulting ambition" which he decides will not suffice to get him through the trauma of killing his friend and his king Duncan . Lady Macbeth then enters and sways his wavering judgment by presenting him with a foolproof plan that cannot fail. Her malicious content and scathing tongue antagonise Macbeth and make her "the spur to prick the sides of my intent" she alone has transformed Macbeth from a loyal friend and servant to the king to being willing to "jump ...read more.

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This suggests to the audience that the "spur" resides in a different origin. Macbeth finishes his soliloquy with his mind finally made up , he will not be committing the murder of the king as he has "no spur to prick the sides of my intent" ironically just moments after lady Macbeth enters. Although Macbeths mind is made up he still seems anxious when his wife enters and he questions her immediately about the king "how now , what news ?", "hath he asked for me" he is still worried that people will think he is up to something because of the strange way he has been acting. lady Macbeth is not yet aware of her husbands decision to not commit the murder , she is angry that Macbeth hasn't been following the plan and instead is acting so suspiciously and fears that people will suspect him. Macbeth decides to declare to his wife that "we will proceed no further in in this business" this shows the audience that at this time Macbeths mind is made up and nothing lady Macbeth can say or do to change his mind ... ...read more.

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the false heart doth know" this sounds a lot like the witches which shows the audience that Macbeth is evil like the witches and has gained his "spur" in the form of his malicious wife Lady Macbeth. Throughout act 1 scene 7 we have seen Macbeth deal with the turmoil of his ever changing conscience after battling with the traumatic decision to kill his king and good friend he convinced himself he has "NO SPUR to prick the sides of my intent" . aside from his "vaulting ambition" and this simply isn't enough to see him through the crime. Then commith the "spur" lady Macbeth enters and completely transform her husband from a brave and loyal soldier to the king to being prepared to go against the divine right of kings and kill Duncan . She has been Macbeths "spur" and has similarities to the three witches in that she is so evil and scathing and has regained his allegiance and put him back in the position of the kings killer. Together they made the plan to kill the king and Macbeth spurred on by his wife is now going to murder the king Duncan. ?? ?? ?? ?? Benjamin Gregory Hampden 10 set C ...read more.

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