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Remind yourselves of Act two, Scene two and Act five, Scene one of Macbeth. How has Lady Macbeth's character changed by the second of these two scenes?

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Jordanne Young Remind yourselves of Act two, Scene two and 30.4.2002 Act five, Scene one of Macbeth. How has Lady Macbeth's character changed by the second of these two scenes? Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' not only sees the downfall of Macbeth, but also his wife, Lady Macbeth. According to the Great Chain of Being, women in Jacobean times were not thought of as powerful. However, Lady Macbeth is an exception. When we first encounter Lady Macbeth she is dominant, determined and a little frightening due to her ambition of being Queen. However, this changes and she breaks down towards the end of the play, killing herself. Lady Macbeth provides a mortal link between the supernatural and reality from the beginning of the play. 'Hie thee hither, / That I may pour my spirits in thine ear.' This causes the audience to immediately see her as evil. This quote is also spell- like because Lady Macbeth is calling on Macbeth to hurry home, so that she can brainwash him with murderous thoughts. A few speeches later, Lady Macbeth summons the spirits to 'unsex me here.' ...read more.

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After Duncan's murder we see the collapse of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's relationship. Lady Macbeth goes from 'my dearest partner of greatness' to having to ask to see the king. 'Say to the King, I would attend his leisure/ For a few words.' We also see the unhappiness and insecurity of Lady Macbeth. 'Nought's had, all's spent, / Where out desire is got without content.' She has everything she wants but is still not happy. We also see a little bit of fear. ''Tis safer to be that which we destroy,/ Than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy.' She hides these feelings of hers from Macbeth, which also shows the distance between them now. 'What's done is done.' She pretends that she has got over the murder. Macbeth now does most of the talking. This shows Lady Macbeth's loss of power over her husband. However her loss of power does not stop with Macbeth. She also loses control of her castle when Banquo's ghost appears. It is hell like she asked for it to be before Duncan's murder. 'Come, thick night,/ And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell.' ...read more.

Conclusion

Now it is Lady Macbeth who is having problems with sleeping. Whereas before Lady Macbeth needs the devil and hell to help her accomplish her needs, now she is in desperate need of God. 'More needs she the divine than the physician.' Lady Macbeth's paranoia soon leads to her committing suicide. Some do not have sympathy for Lady Macbeth in this play, because they remember all the evil things she does and says, however we know that she has some compassion. So, we do feel pity at the same time. However, the audience do not feel sorry for her at all. Suicide was seen as one of the worst sins in Jacobean times. It was believed that the people who committed suicide went straight to Hell. However, Lady Macbeth has her reasons for it. After Macbeth is crowned king, she sees him less and at times when she needs love and affection he is not there to help her. Lady Macbeth feels isolated and has to calm herself down whenever she thinks about the past. She also always covered up her true feelings and towards the end of the play they start to surface, causing her a lot of distress. Her expectations of being queen are too high and cause her to be unhappy and kill herself. ...read more.

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