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The relationship between lady macbeth and macbeth in act 1

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Introduction

Discuss what the relationship between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth is like in Act 1, scene 7 and explore how you would stage it. William Shakespeare wrote Macbeth in 1605. He based the play on the real story of Macbeth. Macbeth was born in 1005, son of Moray and Ross. Macbeth was elected king of Scotland after Duncan, an ineffectual and unpopular king, was killed. Macbeth ruled Scotland for 17 years. During his rule Scotland was a peaceful place. Scotland was invaded in 1054 by Malcolm, son of Duncan, who was supported by Edward the confessor, king of England. Macbeth died on 15th August 1057 at peel ring. Macbeths soliloquy opens act 1, scene 7and he stands alone on the stage struggling with his conscience. This is a long speech during which Macbeth is troubled by the thought of killing Duncan, but his overwhelming ambition over comes his doubts. ...read more.

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This would have a huge effect on the audience e because it shows Macbeth does have a heart. This reveals that Macbeth is worried about the consequences, the audience would be angry with him because what he is doing is treason. I would set this scene with Macbeth in the spot light but his face over shadowed, but when he got to the line "The deep damnation . . ." I would have him lift his face so the audience can see it. He would look maniacal with a black background. This would show the audience how troubled Macbeth is with the thought of killing Duncan on his mind. Lady Macbeth manipulates Macbeth in this scene by attacking him mentally, she says "when you durst do it, then you were a man". This challenges Macbeth's manhood, so Macbeth wants to prove to his manhood by killing his king. ...read more.

Conclusion

Towards the end of the scene Macbeth says "I am settled and bend up," this shows Lady Macbeth has succeed in her plan to change her husbands mind into killing Duncan. I would imagine this scene with Lady Macbeth elegantly striding across the room while her husband on the other hand is moving around the room as though he were lost. The way in which they move will show the audience who is in charge in this relationship. If the play was showing in Shakespeare's time then the audience would be angry and shocked seeing a woman bossing a man about. In those times woman had no rights. As I have shown the relationship between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth is one of which the wife is in control, which is odd for the era in which this play is set. In those times wives were only for producing heirs and for the husband to express his sexuality. In other words "seen and not heard". ...read more.

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