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The Dramatic Presentation of Lady Macbeth in Act 1 and Act 5.

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Introduction

The Dramatic Presentation of Lady Macbeth in Act 1 and Act 5 Macbeth is one of William Shakespeare's late, but greatest plays. Lady Macbeth is the wife of the main character, Macbeth. Throughout the play, Lady Macbeth is portrayed in different ways. There is a complete difference in the dramatic presentation of Lady Macbeth in Act 1 where she is strong and secure, and in Act 5, whereas she is weak, fearful and not in control. In the Jacobean times, when Shakespeare wrote Macbeth, women were supposed to be obedient to their husbands, and by and large were housewives. This is because they were seen as the weaker sex, but nowadays, they are seen as even, or even more dominant than males. So these two different audiences will have different views on the play. In Shakespeare's earlier plays, women were portrayed sympathetically. ...read more.

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She cannot do it herself, as she is too feminine, so she tells the spirits to take away her femininity. A Jacobean audience will be shocked at this speech by Lady Macbeth as it is so evil, but a modern audience would not care as much. In Act 1, Lady Macbeth is portrayed as an extremely strong character. First of all, her high ambition is shown, as she clearly wants Macbeth to rule. This becomes even clearer, when Macbeth brings further news that King Duncan is coming to stay with them, so she seizes the opportunity. Wanting to murder Duncan also shows that Lady Macbeth is immoral and cold-hearted, and does not have any second thoughts about it. Macbeth and his wife have a loving relationship. Lady Macbeth is the more dominant of the pair, as he is "full of the milk of human kindness." ...read more.

Conclusion

He is weak, but she needs him to maintain her physiological equilibrium and state of mind. When the doctor speaks to her, she admits she has done something, "will these hands ne'er be clean?" She is guilt ridden, and wants to be cleansed. This also shows fear as she is admitting all that she has done. Before she had lost her femininity, but now she has regained it, and her conscience, as she is "pouring" out all of her feelings and guilt. She can no longer continue with life, now that Macbeth is dead. The portrayal of Lady Macbeth is related to the themes of justice and retribution, which would upset the natural hierarchy of the order in society. Lady Macbeth is an ambitious character who over through the natural leader. This destroyed gods plan for the roles of men and women, so her natural state of mind was destroyed, which can lead to Lady Macbeth committing suicide. Harry Hare 10Q ...read more.

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