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The Character Of Lady Macbeth Until Scene 3

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The Character Of Lady Macbeth Until Scene 3 The effect of the letter Lady Macbeth's reaction when she reads her husband's letter is powerful and dramatic. By the time she has finished reading, she has decided she will make sure Macbeth is king. She does not hesitate: it's as if she and her husband are thinking the same thoughts. Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be What thou art promised. (I, v) Later Lady Macbeth invites the spirits of evil to enter her: Come you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts! unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of direst cruelty! (I, v) She knows she has to steel herself, that the murder will need evil power, and evil is not naturally within her. She also knows immediately that murdering Duncan is the only way of quickly achieving her goal: 'He that's coming, Must be provided for. ...read more.


(I, vii) This personal taunt really hits home for Macbeth. It is unexpected because their relationship is so intense. These three points lead on to the following question - why does Lady Macbeth say she would kill their child? Lady Macbeth has lost a child when it was very young. It's really shocking when she says she would have smashed it to the floor rather than go back on a promise. This would be the ultimate sacrifice. She makes the point that she knew the joy of being a mother, and would have given that up for Macbeth to be king. She uses terrible, violent imagery as a shock tactic: I have given suck, and know How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums, And dash'd the brains out, had I so sworn as you Have done to this. ...read more.


of their trade, their daggers Unmannerly breech'd with gore: who could refrain, That had a heart to love, and in that heart Courage to make's love known? (II, iii) Initially, Lady Macbeth had to use all her influence to persuade Macbeth to murder. Now he commits it without consulting her. It is becoming frighteningly easy for him. Also, Macbeth may have been directing some of his angry words at her. His fury and menace would really be frightening, especially as earlier in the play she thinks he would be too mild to kill the king in the first place. Lady Macbeth is shocked by the guards' murder. She was not prepared for more death: My hands are of your colour, but I shame To wear a heart so white... A little water clears us of this deed; How easy it is, then! (II, ii) She thought that the killing of Duncan would be the end of the story. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sayinthen Vivekanantham 4LKA English HW ...read more.

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