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What advice would u give to the actress playing Lady Macbeth in Act 2, Scene 2?

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What advice would u give to the actress playing Lady Macbeth in Act 2, Scene 2? First of all I would talk to the actress about the qualities I want her to bring out in the character, the ways in which her feelings change and the dramatic importance of the scene. The dramatic importance in this scene is the irony. There are a lot of ironic feelings occurring. Lady Macbeth has a kind of perfect vision that she and Macbeth will both be King and Queen of Scotland both sharing the power as well as triumph and happiness. She is especially triumphant because she has succeeded in gaining power over the country and over a man- her husband. 'Unsex me here,' this line suggests this and when she calls to the evil spirits to make her ruthless. It means that she wants her femininity to be taken away, she wants a sex change regarding roles. She despises the fact that women are inferior to men, as this is set in the year 1040 and in this period, women were seen as the fragile sex whose only role was to be a loving wife to her husband when he went to battle. She wants the man's role, she's craving the supremacy, power and dominance. This scene focuses on such qualities and emphasises on the irony therefore the actress needs to show and liberate this plus she has to make the audience aware of the different feelings and reactions displaying this and the fact that murder is the wedge stopping Lady Macbeth and Macbeth from being united, drawing them apart rather than joining them together. The actress playing Lady Macbeth should be in a dark place in pitch darkness and a white spotlight should be focused on her shes centre of stage this is linked with the fact that she wants the authority hence she wants to be centre of attention and demands respect from everyone. ...read more.


She says this line after noticing his bloody hands and she gasps, her eyes widen and become watery, her mouth also widens as she is in great disbelief that her husband had carried out the act. Her hands shake as she is horrified yet she doesn't share this such horror to him so she tells him off instead. She tells him off like he is a young child in a patronizing way. At this point Lady Macbeth experiences supremacy and is superior to Macbeth because he carried out the awful deed therefore he is inferior as he did such an awful deed. Lady Macbeth is rather condescending towards her husband. She tries to convince him that his actions were correct, reassuring him in a stern way. The actress should grab his arm and look at his face close up widening her eyes, talking quickly in a furious, cold tone to show her power and dominance trying so hard to aware that his actions were not incorrect and she is also trying to direct her husband, telling him how to act and feel, 'Consider it not so deeply.' There is irony in this line because she has been thinking about the murder of Duncan non-stop. Starting from the beginning of this scene, that's why she feels so uneasy and nervous. There is more irony, 'These deeds must not be thought after these ways; so it will make us mad.' 'Mad,' this is especially ironic because Lady Macbeth suffers from insanity later on in the play. The actress has to get slightly physical by grabbing Macbeth by the shoulders and shaking him, trying to make him see sense, to make him listen to her thus revealing her madness to the audience. She could look into his eyes and her eyes should widen and settle onto his showing her anger and violence. When she says 'mad' a drop of saliva emerges from her mouth and onto Macbeth's face accentuating her strength and fury. ...read more.


So again the roles are switched here in which Lady Macbeth has a lot of power and audacity unlike Macbeth who has lost his male dignity and superiority. Therefore when Lady Macbeth says this line, 'but I shame to wear a heart so white,' she should stop looking at her hands and suddenly turn her head facing Macbeth making eye contact, staring hard in an evil way showing her revulsion and disappointment towards him because he has lost his courage. 'I hear a knocking,' Lady Macbeth jumps, panics and turns around looking at the door with widened eyes and raised eyebrows looking extremely nervous and petrified because she is alarmed by the sudden noise and this knock might be the knock of Duncan because he may still be alive. 'I hear a knocking at the south entry. Retire we to our chamber. A little water clears us of this deed. How easy is it then! Your constancy hath left you unattended.' This line means that Lady Macbeth is telling Macbeth that he is very nervous and is emotionally unstable. Lady Macbeth is instructing Macbeth again as she is in a hurry but she must be quiet therefore she must say this line in a quick loud whisper so the guards outside can not hear her. This represents the power and dominance she has over her husband that she is capable of making him follow her orders. She should throw the towel angrily on the floor to symbolize her carelessness over such minor objects when she has to consider more important situations such as the consequences of Duncan's death. 'Hark more knocking,' Lady Macbeth gets annoyed at this continuous knocking therefore her whispering is louder and firmer, she must hurry Macbeth moving around quickly and pulling him forcefully by gripping tightly on his arm and guiding him towards the wash basin and then their room. She must also continuously to look at the door, licking her lips to show her edginess. ...read more.

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