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Macbeth's English Commentary (Act 1 Scene 5 lines 1-36).

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Macbeth's English Commentary (Act 1 Scene 5 lines 1-36) The scene begins with Lady Macbeth reading the letter sent by Macbeth which basically informs her of success. He explained that he wet three weird sisters whom have great knowledge and they greeted him with Thane of Cawdor and promised to be hailed as the king. And truly a messenger from the king brings him the news of his new status. From the book he says "whiles I stood rapt in the wonder of it, came missives from the King, who all-hailed me Thane of Cawdor, by which title, before, these weird sisters saluted me, and referred me to the coming on of time with 'Hail, King that shalt be!'", this doesn't only bring joy to Lady Macbeth but provoked her in some ways that made her understood that everything will come true no matter what. ...read more.


The lines above shows that she does have understanding of Macbeth and this shows that she know him inside out and causes her to make sure that he will be king no matter what. The last line states that he would get what ever he desires. "Thus thou must do' if thou have it", Lady Macbeth says this and it is intended for Macbeth. This is very clever because two main impression stands out. One is that she will make him do it if he needs to or want it. And the second one is that she is provoking the ambitiousness in Macbeth even though she doesn't say it directly to him but that's her intention. It's like she a guard and will force or make sure he does what ever is necessary to reach his ambitions. ...read more.


Shakespeare is also able to convey his message and ideas to people through subtext. There is a lot of subtext in the book itself but I have identified some which has been mention above. And furthermore the way and the words used to achieve that is really great he uses words that means exactly what he wants to say for example impede and chastise. But the language used is not very simple and quite complex. The atmosphere and tone also changes according to the characters and the things happening. At the beginning of the scene it is quite serious where Macbeth tells Lady Macbeth about his encounter with the weird sister and it changes immediately when she understood his intention to kill the king and take over the kingdom. And finally I thought that he is a great writer and poet and it is expressed in his work. ...read more.

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