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The Dramatic Changes in Act 1 Scene 5 of Macbeth

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Dan Chorley Macbeth I have examined the play 'Macbeth' written by William Shakespeare and having read it I have noticed a dramatic change in Act Five scene one, in comparison to the previous scenes. I have noted Lady Macbeth's actions, words and the manner in which she speaks all of which have dramatically changed. In the previous acts and scenes in the play she was a very dominant and controlling woman but by Act five she has been transformed into a very unstable and panic-stricken woman. In Act Five, scene one Lady Macbeth begins to sleepwalk, and the doctor pronounces that it is because she has "a great perturbation in nature, to receive at once the benefit of sleep and do the effects of watching" meaning nature makes her sleep because she is so tired but her mind continues working and worrying. ...read more.


to assist her in her evil deed of killing of King Duncan, but now she perceives darkness as a conspirator, who she does not want to know. Whilst she is in a sleepwalking state Lady Macbeth re-enacts washing her hands clean of the murdered kings blood and whilst doing this she says, "Out dammed spot out I say!" This is another action that is proof of a change in her state of mind. The washing action is because in a previous act she doesn't think Macbeth will be strong enough to kill the king and goes to assist Macbeth to kill him and gets the kings blood all over her hands. She remembers getting King Duncan's blood on her hands and when sleepwalking says, "all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. ...read more.


After the murder there is also a notable change in Lady Macbeth's words, she no longer speaks in long-worded speeches and controlling authority, and no longer try's to persuade Macbeth to do something and she starts to speak in blank verse. Whilst she is washing her hands her words change, they become more doubtful in what she is doing, this is one of the first signs of weakness and a guilty conscience. By examining the Shakespeare's play "Macbeth," I have concluded that huge emotional and dramatic change has taken place in Lady Macbeths state of mind by the words she uses and the manner in which she speaks. In the previous scenes, she was a very dominant and controlling character and talked Macbeth into murdering the king while he slept. She has turned into a very sick and unstable woman, her unconscious mind revealing her guilty conscience to the gentlewoman and doctor while she sleepwalks. ...read more.

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