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The Reversal of the roles in Macbeth

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macbeth the reversal of the roles In Act 3 Scene 2, it becomes evident to the reader that the characters of Macbeth and his Lady have changed significantly. At the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth is presented as the cunning, dominant and manipulative wife, whose love for her husband was clouded by ambition and greed. Macbeth in the earlier scenes was presented as an easily persuaded, weak and submissive husband, juxtaposing his warrior status on the battlefield. However, as the play progresses, the roles of the couple seem to be reversed, and nothing depicts this clearer than this scene. ...read more.


This format is identical in Act 3 Scene 2, however it is Macbeth who leads the conversation, with Lady Macbeth making the occasional remark. This is effective because whoever is speaking on stage gets the most attention and therefore the most respect, elevating the status of one character in at particular point. In this Scene, Macbeth also replicates Lady Macbeths warning in Act 1 Scene 5, of the power of deception that lies in one's face. Lady Macbeth instructs Macbeth to 'look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under't'. ...read more.


Again, Shakespeare draws another comparison to their characters through their appeals to the fiends and spirits of the night. In this scene, Macbeth appeals to 'black Hecate' the Greek goddess of witchcraft, emphasising his plunge into evil after murdering Duncan. Before however, Lady Macbeth appears to be affiliated with the dark arts after summoning the evil spirits to 'unsex' her in order to prepare her for murder. In ther later scenes however, Macbeth describes her as 'innocent' which is a complete contrast to her previous character. ella nokes ...read more.

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