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Introduction

Lady Macbeth has begun sleepwalking because her conscience weighs too heavily on herself. She tells about her crimes and the murder of the king, unaware that her doctor and waiting woman are watching her. She later dies, possibly from suicide. Lady Macbeth is introduced to us in Act 1 Scene 5 of the play. Lady Macbeth invokes evil spirits to give her the strength to fulfil her role in killing Duncan. At first, it is clear that Lady Macbeth is a catalyst to her husband. At first, it is clear that Lady Macbeth is a catalyst to her husband. The fact that she invokes evil spirits relates to the killing of Duncan that took place earlier in the play, this starts of the scene in a very effective way, which I believe, grabs the audience's attention by the way in which she has changed so dramatically and to her confessing to Duncan's murder. Secondly the fact that she is sleepwalking makes it very interesting because of her actions "Out, damned spot! ...read more.

Middle

This is when the waiting women decides that she is speaking the truth. The audience would, I think, have felt sorry for Lady Macbeth. They have just shared with the Doctor and the Gentlewoman their witnessing of Lady Macbeth's sleepwalking and they also would have found the change in this strong, proud woman hard to bear. She is a soul in torment; she cannot come to terms with what she has been involved in and what she has witnessed. The audience would, I think see her as quite a pitiful individual, so unlike her previous self. It is strange that Macbeth gets increasingly ruthless as the play goes on, coping better and better with the wicked deeds that he does, whilst his wife copes less and less well with what the couple have been involved in, finding sleep - what she has called 'the season of all natures' - eludes her. The scenes in Act 5 show a marked contrast. ...read more.

Conclusion

The Gentlewoman is told that Lady Macbeth must be kept quiet and calm, nothing must be done to disturb her and she must be watched at all times. There is here, I think, a suggestion that the Doctor fears she might try to take her life, which later Malcolm tells us is what she has done. If I was to present this scene to a modern audience the film woulds be made up of single-camera shots, with which the audience becomes the witness. Almost all the dialogues lack music playing in the background, all that remains are words. Both Lady Macbeth, whom many consider tamer and softer than usual, and Macbeth are much younger than tradition goes. Lady Macbeth is an ambitious woman who rules her husband with her sexual power and whose strength shatters when she witnesses the disastrous outcome of her plans. The reason she is portrayed would be a mystery which maked the film more effective Lady Macbeth would be presented as a very nagging person . But people who do ghastly things in life, they are not grim, like a horror movie. ...read more.

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