• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Paying particular attention to act 1 scene 5 & 7, analyse the persuasion used by both Lady Macbeth and the male speakers.

Extracts from this document...


Paying particular attention to act 1 scene 5 & 7, analyse the persuasion used by both Lady Macbeth and the male speakers in your chosen poem. Shakespeare portrays Lady Macbeth as a strong, independent character, who employs cunning intellect to manipulate and control her husband and to gain illegitimate power and authority. Using varied techniques, Lady Macbeth predominantly targets Macbeth?s masculinity and likens him to a ?woman?; taunting him in order to provoke the desire to disprove her doubts and assumptions. Macbeth decides not to ?bear the knife? on Duncan, as he is both his is both ?his kinsman and his subject?. Nevertheless, Lady Macbeth shifts the power in their relationship, taking the typically male, authoritative role and persuading Macbeth to ?play false?, using his devotion to her and ?ambition? to fulfil the witches? prophecies. Lady Macbeth tactically finds similarities between herself and the witches. In doing so, she assures herself that she is too a significant influence and retains substantial authority over Macbeth, where she can analyse his personality and potential. Breaking feminine stereotypes, Lady Macbeth?s character redefines sixteenth century expectations and expresses Tudor ?fears? of women overstepping their ?natural? boundaries. ...read more.


with the witches? supernatural mannerism and pleads to the ?spirits?, demanding them to ?take her milk for gall? to further eradicate her femininity and assert her desired power of the supernatural. The meaning of ?take is ambiguous, either implying Lady Macbeth wishes to be rid of the ?milk?, that she perceives as ?gall?, poisoning her with compassion and nurture, hence preventing her from assisting Macbeth in the ?deed?. Moreover, she denotes that her ?gall? is pre-existing in her ?breasts?, suggesting she already holds an element of ?cruelty?, too shown in the witches? nature. Correlating with the witches, thus convincing herself she is somewhat supernaturally powerful, allows Lady Macbeth to rid herself of any submission shown to Macbeth, as a weak, delicate woman and like the witches, gain supremacy over her husband to then persuade him to ?catch the nearest way?. As a woman, Lady Macbeth would be ?full of milk? appealing to her nurturing attributes and impeding her from committing the ?cruelty? needed to succeed to greater power. She begs the spirits to ?take? her ?milk?, therefore ridding her of her feminine attributes and affection she may have held for her guests, as their ?honoured hostess?, presenting a sense of false hospitality which is also shown in the image of the ?poison chalice?. ...read more.


Employing her new found supremacy over her husband, Lady Macbeth becomes a source of strength and inspiration who ?pours her spirits in thine ear?; an image holding both supernatural and medicinal significance. Most commonly associated with Egyptian healing methods, pouring homeopathic remedies in people?s ?ear?, was thought to heal them of psychological and physical ailments; in Macbeth?s case, his weakness, cautious nature and sentimental attachment to Duncan. On the other hand, the image opposes the concept of healing, due to the supernatural connotations of. Lady Macbeth influences her husband with her corrupt intensions by ?poisoning? him with the ?spirits? who posses her ?gall? and hence eradicating Macbeth?s remaining sentiment possessed for Duncan. Modality When reasoning with herself, Lady Macbeth avoids directly complimenting her husband, and only saunters on the potential that he ?wouldst be great? taking a patronising tone in attempt to draw out his feminine attributes, and disapproval of being seen as inferior to a woman. Macbeth?s own uncertainty is prominent, as he ?fears? the religious and lawful outcome if he ?should fail?. Lady Macbeth is eminently frustrated by his indecisive nature and angst, and with regard to the witches? prophecies, she specifically highlights Macbeth?s expectations, and too expresses her own doubts in his capability to kill and become king. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Macbeth section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Macbeth essays

  1. How does Shakespeare present Lady Macbeth in Act 1 Scene 5 and Act 1 ...

    he utters 'we will speak further-' Shakespeare has used the hyphen to suggest that Lady Macbeth has interrupted him, now controlling how long he has to talk. Lady Macbeth has the last word by saying 'Leave all the rest\to me' which emphasises her controlling nature as she is in command of the occasion.

  2. Macbeth Act 1 Scene 7

    a vicious murderer, willing to kill anyone who stands in his way. At first, he was reactive "If chance will have me king, why chance may crown me without my stir" - saying that he might become king by chance, but wont do anything to make it happen, but now he is proactive.


    Because she is perfectly aware that being evil and immoral does not come naturally to her so needs to seek help. But even with this help she doesn't become man enough to go through with the murder herself. The fact is that Lady Macbeth is just very good with words, nothing more nothing less.

  2. pointers for ioc on Act 1 Scene 7 from Macbeth

    images of death and Macbeth ends up contemplating the possible consequences if we should fail. We should see that there are several times when Macbeth and Lady Macbeth talk about each other as being one. They perpetually use 'we'.

  1. Macbeth - Act 1, Scene 5, Act 1, Scene 7 and Act 5, Scene ...

    She knows he is "not without ambition," but she also knows that without evil, they cannot get the throne. She not only doubts Macbeth's abilities, but she also doubts her own ability to convince Macbeth to murder the king; "Hie thee hither, that I may pour my spirits in thine ear."

  2. What is the significance of Act 5, Scene 1 in William Shakespeare's play Macbeth?

    character has entirely changed from previous times the audience has seen her. Many of her comments whilst sleepwalking are in sharp contrast to the way she has acted earlier in the play. For example, Lady Macbeth seems to show some guilt and remorse for all of the deaths she has

  1. How are the matriarchal figures portrayed in 'The Importance of Being Earnest' by Oscar ...

    'When I married Lord Bracknell I had no fortune of any kind. But I never dreamed for a moment of allowing that to stand in my way' Ironically, Lady Bracknell had no fortune, so by marrying Lord Bracknell she improved her status, as did Lady Russell, which is indicated because

  2. With particular focus on Act 1, Scene 7, explain Lady Macbeths role in Macbeth.

    This temporarily demoralises Macbeth, making him feel less of a man and also that his wife is being more courageous and noble than he is, even to the extent that she would rather kill her own child than break her prior promise of killing Duncan.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work