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What do we learn about Lady Macbeth's personality in Act 1 Scene 5?

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Introduction

In Act 1 Scene 5 we learn many things about Lady Macbeth's personality, most of which are strange in their own different way. For most of this scene Lady Macbeth is alone in a room, first reading a letter then speaking in soliloquy. In her first monologue she is basically saying that her husband, Macbeth, is not strong enough inside to murder King Duncan. She states: "... I do fear thy nature, / It is too full o'th'milk of human kindness ...' This means that he is too full of loyalty and kindness inside. The milk that he got from his mother's breast is still inside of him and he is not a man but rather a woman. Lady Macbeth thinks that Macbeth should stay in a low profile position while she plans out the murder herself, he should '... ...read more.

Middle

She wants to gain masculinity and lose her gentle feminine body. She wants the 'spirits' to 'unsex' her and 'make thick her blood'. All of these short word phrases are disturbing, unsettling and are very unfeminine. She wants to become wicked and evil. She wants courage to be injected into her in the form of making her blood thicker so that she also has the guts to plan King Duncan's murder. She asks the spirits: '..take my milk for gall...' meaning that she wants to be filled with poison instead of feminine milk. She wants to become witch like and I think that is what Shakespeare is trying to put across to the audience that she might be a witch. This also refers back to the first scene when Macbeth and Banquo meet the witches for the first time. ...read more.

Conclusion

She wants Macbeth to become better at deceiving people and he has to do this to achieve their ambitions. This part of the scene is passionate as shown by the same RSC version (1978). Lady Macbeth uses her sexuality to manipulate Macbeth into listening to her and obeying her. She flowers him with loving kisses as she says 'Leave all the rest to me.' In this scene we find out many disturbing things about Lady Macbeth's personality, she wants to become more of a man and we see how she controls Macbeth so easily. She is ruthless in pursuing her aim of murdering Duncan and will not allow anything to get in her way. She has the whole murder process planned out in her head and is waiting for the right moment in the King's stay to commit the murder. Razaaq Shah GCSE English Coursework: 2002 What do we learn about Lady Macbeth in Act 1 Scene 5? Page 1 ...read more.

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