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Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' is a play about murder and tragedy. When we first meet Lady Macbeth's husband

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Macbeth! Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' is a play about murder and tragedy. When we first meet Lady Macbeth's husband, Macbeth, we see him as a loyal and honourable man, however as we read further into the play his character changes. Macbeth says to Lady Macbeth: "False face must hide what the false heart doth know." Macbeth creates an alter-ego to help hide the truth. Macbeth becomes a power-hungry, determined man with no emotions, all he cares about is becoming King and making sure that the throne will remain in his family. Macbeth's determination develops from the three predictions presented to him by the three witches. Macbeth strives to make the predictions true after much persuasion from his wife Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth on the other hand, first appears a strong, evil and forceful woman determined to get what she wants , which is for the predictions to come to pass. ...read more.

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Make thick my blood Stop th'access and passage to remorse." Lady Macbeth asks for her gentler feelings to be removed, "milk for gall" and to have a clear conscience, to have no feelings of remorse. This speech provides evidence to suggest that Lady Macbeth is inherently evil. "Come, thick night And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell." Lady Macbeth conjures up the powers of the evil spirit world to strengthen her. Lady Macbeth assures her husband that she will organise the murder, all he has to do is act normal. Therefore it is not surprising that, in Act 2 Scene 2, Lady Macbeth has completed her deed in the murder of Duncan and waits impatiently for Macbeth to return from completing the murder. Lady Macbeth is not totally at ease, she appears strong and resolute but that is only a result of the alcohol; it has given her strength. ...read more.

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However in Act 5 Scene 1 Lady Macbeth is sleepwalking and talking about the murders. Lady Macbeth tries to wash imagined blood from her hands, "What, will these hands ne'er be clean?" What Lady Macbeth says here is ironic, as in Act 2 Scene 2 after Duncan's murder she told Macbeth to wash his hands, they would be clear with a little water. Lady Macbeth's language reflects her own and Macbeth's words about the murders: Duncan, Banquo and Lady Macduff. In this scene we see Lady Macbeth at her weakest, she has become insane with guilt, her past haunts her sleep. Lady Macbeth tried to be strong for Macbeth but only grew weaker as the play progressed. Lady Macbeth told Macbeth to hide his deadly intentions behind welcoming looks, this is something she could do before the murder of King Duncan. Lady Macbeth told her husband to be normal, this was something Lady Macbeth found herself unable to do. "Look like th'innocent flower, But be the serpent under't." ?? ?? ?? ?? Donna Carson ...read more.

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