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By Daniel Smart 10L2 1 Y10LP1 English Coursework 'Macbeth' What is the dramatic contribution of the character Lady Macbeth in act 1 scene 5, act 2 scene 2 and act 5 scene 1 of the play? Lady Macbeth is a character in William Shakespeare's shortest and thought by many, to be his best tragedy, 'Macbeth'. There is not an exact date as to when the play was written but it is believed to be sometime in the 1600's (1601-1608). Lady Macbeth is wife to the play's protagonist, Macbeth, a Scottish general. After tempting and goading him into commiting regicide, she becomes Queen of Scotland, and later suffers pangs of guilt for her part, which is all the arranging and some of the handi work in the plan to murder the present king, King Duncan. Lady Macbeth then commits suicide, off stage in a later scene. In Act 1 we get out first impressions and come to understand the use of the witches and their impact. The set changes as we move at a fast pace to the murder and the scheming, we also get to see more of how Lady Macbeth and Macbeth react to sertain situations in Act 2. Finaly we see a complete change in Act 5 of Macbeth and an even great change to Lady Macbeth. We see Lady Macbeth go from a demonic, devoted schemer to a self-destructive loner. Most of Shakespeare's plays are set around the time that he write them, this makes it easier for the audience to understand. ...read more.


Within the first few words that she says, the words 'nature' and 'humane' are used. These relate to witches because they control both of these things and they do control Macbeth and his wife with their words of fortune. However, Lady Macbeth also has a somewhat gentle and caring side to her which is shown through her tone change after the murder. 'Give him tending, he brings great news.' The word 'great' suggest that she is pleased with her husband's success. Also the word 'great' has another meaning of importance, 'fill me from the crown to the toe.' The word 'crown' is used to describe the top of the head but it also reveals through its alternate meaning that she is thinking about being queen. The word 'fire' is used by her to show how the effect of alcohol is increasing her desire, energy levels and making her more awake. We get the impression that she is longing for the throne, through not what she does straight away but what she says, 'burning with desire.' The word 'fire' could imply hell, from a Christian angle, and she has already shown that she is religious. 'Consider it not so deeply' at a basic level means forget about it, forget about the murder of the King. This could be seen as an example of Lady Macbeth's sympathetic side, but it seems to be demanding and forceful. She does care about her husband and does want the best for him which is one of the reasons she helps him become King. ...read more.


This is why all By Daniel Smart 10L2 4 these things change as both characters personalities change and their feeling towards each other change. Because Macbeth loved and trusted his wife, he was vulnerable to her opinions and suggestions. All the way through the play we see her as a scheming, murderous, lying, deceitful lady. She is certain that what they are doing is right, is worth it, is worth the death of their King (her and her Macbeths), friends and yet they don't know it themselves at this point, even their personalities. And for Lady Macbeth her life. When considering a dilema, we usually turn towards those we love for advice. This is the case at the start of all their ambitions, but changes and Macbeth and Lady Macbeth do not speak to each other towards the end of the play. Lady Macbeth hides her thoughts and plans at the beginning of the play as if behind closed doors. Later however, she lets all her evil and heartlessness out on Macbeth. And finally she becomes a person who wouldn't seem likely to have ever thought what she did. She goes from a certain, none pondering python to a regretful, disolutioned antilope, from predater to prey. Lady Macbeth could not handle what she thought she could and this results in her commiting suicide. Her manipulative ways get her to a point of no return. Shakespeare is a well known play write and is famous for his abiltity to create complex but realistic characters. Lady Macbeth is one such character. With a mixed personality and an emotion for each letter of the alphabet, she grabs the readers/audiences attention as soon as she appears on stage. ...read more.

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