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

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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.

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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.

Conclusion

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.

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