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Looking closely at Act 1 scene 5 and Act 5 scene 1, describe how lady Macbeth changes in the play. Using the two scenes explain how the two scenes explain how you would show this transformation to an audience. You should consider:

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Graham Weston 11p. GCSE Shakespeare (Macbeth). Title: looking closely at Act 1 scene 5 and Act 5 scene 1, describe how lady Macbeth changes in the play. Using the two scenes explain how the two scenes explain how you would show this transformation to an audience. You should consider: * Lady Macbeth`s attitude to evil and her influence on Macbeth. * How you would present Lady Macbeth to the audience and what their reaction would be. * Your own personal response to Lady Macbeth. Macbeth is a play that deals with important issues in the English society at the eerier the play was written. The play is a tale of witchcraft and treason and was written in 1606 by the world renowned William Shakespeare. The play is set in Scotland in the 15th century. Macbeth is the main character in this mythical play he is a valiant and trusted thane who betrays the loyalty and trust of his king Duncan. In the opening scene of the play three witches cast a spell upon Macbeth in witch they forecast the entire play. The three witches prophesised that Macbeth would be awarded the title thane of Cawdor, and then king of Scotland. Upon his return from the battle in which he killed the treacherous MacDonwold Macbeth was made thane of Cawdow and of glams a title he had prior to the battle. ...read more.

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This scene is delivered to the devil and effectively shows Lady Macbeth giving her soul to the devil. Lady Macbeth prays to the devil she asks that the devil would give her strength. The scene also shows that Lady Macbeth sees evil as a force to summon for mental strength. She says in her prayer 'unsex me here, and fill me, from the crown to the toe, top full of direst cruelty!' This suggests to me that evil strengthens her character and enables her to do things that she would not have dared to have done without believing that the devil was with her. If I were to be directing this scene I would do several things to emphasize the evil that lady Macbeth possesses. Evil is associated with the dark so I would have lady Macbeth wear a long black dress, in order to show that she is trying to become evil. There would only be a few candles to light the room, as natural light is associated with good and not evil. These two basic things would set the scene and make it on a hole more dramatic. The delivery of key lines is also an important feature of this scene as they can change the mode of the scene if delivered in certain ways. The mode of the character has to change dramatically from a fit of frenzy 'Hold, hold!' ...read more.

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In this scene I would present lady Macbeth as a lost and isolated person torn apart by self-pity and depression. In this scene lady Macbeth would wear a long white dress as she is trying to get forgiveness from God. She would act out the night's events as if she was actually there. This time there will be a small glimmer of light through the window that fades away symbolizing a failed attempt to get Gods forgiveness. Shortly after this scene Lady Macbeth commits suicide with means that you will not go to heaven. Now that Lady Macbeth is dead Macbeth has no one to rely on. Macbeth sees everyone as 'shadows' already dead 'tomorrow, tomorrow' as we wait for our lives to end. This shows that they no longer have a relationship they have changed they have no soul. I conclude that the change in lady Macbeth was due to her devotion to her husband. I feel that her preach to the devil did not make her an evil. I also feel that the character of lady Macbeth represents the feeling and action of rebellion of the people. The reason of this is because I think that Shakespeare wrote this play for King Charles to explain to him the feelings of his country. On one hand there is Macbeth and on the other is his wife, his wife persuaded him to kill king Duncan. As the social and political unrest in England led to many attempts on King Charles's life. ...read more.

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