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What are your impressions of Lady Macbeth and her developing relationship with her husband? Confine your analysis to her first two scenes in the play.

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What are your impressions of Lady Macbeth and her developing relationship with her husband? Confine your analysis to her first two scenes in the play. In the play Macbeth, which was first performed to a Jacobean audience in 1606, Lady Macbeth gives the impression that she was the leading dominate character in the relationship between her and Macbeth because she comes across as a very manipulative, ambitious and vicious woman. This seemed very wrong to people who lived in the Jacobean times. As the play goes on you start to see that Lady Macbeth isn't as strong as she comes across but seems to have many weaknesses such as her being scared and she may be under the influence of supernatural powers. Lady Macbeth desperately wants to be the queen and so she is trying to convince Macbeth to kill King Duncan and so they can rule Scotland together but Lady Macbeth tries to overrule Macbeth with all her scheming ways. Lady Macbeth first appears in the play in Act 1 scene 5; when she enters she is alone with a letter from Macbeth. In the letter that he writes to Lady Macbeth it says 'my dearest partner of greatness' this could be meant in many ...read more.

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Lady Macbeth then later asks to make the night dark to hide the sin that is to be committed. The wording of the entire soliloquy serves as a flashback to the first scene of the play, where the witches plotted their evil doings in a place where the air was foul and dark. 'And take mu milk for gall' this is saying that her milk should be taken and turned into poison. This could make her more evil and willing to kill and make her manlier inside. 'Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark' that is saying they want it to be as dark as possible and so then not even heaven can see that they are killing the king. Macbeth then enters and Lady Macbeth is flirtatious to try and get Macbeth to kill King Duncan. Lady Macbeth says 'Great Glamis, worthy Cawdor' that is saying that Macbeth is great and would be a good king of Scotland and was said in a flirtatious way. 'The future in the instant.' That is Lady Macbeth talking about when they will rule Scotland and be king and queen. ...read more.

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When lady Macbeth was talking she was using plosive sounds such as dashed and plucked; these gave more effect and made her sound more angry for Macbeth backing out of their plan that he promised to her. Lady Macbeth then proceeds to tell her husband how Duncan will be murdered and how she will make his two chamberlains appear to be guilty. She will get the guards drunk with wine, and Macbeth will stab Duncan while he is unguarded. Then they will smear the king's blood on the innocent chamberlains. Macbeth, against his better judgment, agrees to the plan saying, "I am settled and bend up." In other words, he gives in to the evils of his wife rather than listening to the counsel of his conscience. Macbeth ends the scene by saying, "false face must hide what the false heart doth know," a statement which serves as a flashback to Duncan's original statement about not being able to identify a traitor by his face. In these two scenes Macbeth's slow convoluted soliloquies perhaps reflects the state of his tortured mind, while Lady Macbeth's scathing accusations reflect on her sharp, ruthless determination. Both scenes showed that Macbeth would normally pick the 'correct' decision if it wasn't for Lady Macbeth twisting his mind with her scheming plans. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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