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Macbeth Act 1, scene 5 Analysis.

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GCSE Macbeth

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Act 1, scene 5 Analysis Coursework

At Inverness, Lady Macbeth reads a letter from Macbeth telling of his meeting with the witches. She fears that his nature is not ruthless enough, is "too full o' th' milk of human kindness," to murder Duncan and assure the completion of the witches' prophesy. He has ambition enough, she claims, but lacks the gumption to act on it. She then implores him to hurry home so that she can "pour [her] spirits in [his] ear," in other words, goad him on to the murder he must commit. When a messenger arrives with the news that Duncan is coming, Lady Macbeth calls on the heavenly powers to "unsex me here" and fill her with cruelty, taking from her all natural womanly compassion. When Macbeth arrives, she greets him as Glamis and Cawdor and urges him to "look like th'innocent flower, / but be the serpent under t," and states that she will make all the preparations for the king's visit and subsequent murder.

If Macbeth is indecisive, Lady Macbeth is just the opposite a character with such a single vision and drive for advancement that she cannot help but bring

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