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What impressions of Lady Macbeth Are created by Shakespeare in Act One?

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Will Miller 11.02.00 What impressions of Lady Macbeth Are created by Shakespeare in Act One? From when we first meet Lady Macbeth in Act One Scene Five, it possible to say that she is possibly a more interesting part than Macbeth and sometimes even more of a main part. I say this, as she seems to be the controller and the authority figure in Macbeth's life. It is a well-known fact that in Shakespeare's writing prose is used by comic or "low" characters, in very informal discussion or legal discussion and when reading a letter. Aristocratic or "high" characters, in soliloquy or during moments of high drama. When Lady Macbeth first enters the play, she is reading a letter from her one love Macbeth. In his first words, he says "in the day of success" (1.v.1), which refers to the battle and then his letter, moves onto the much more important details of the meeting with the we�rd sisters, "these we�rd sisters greeted me" (1.v.7). This is what Lady Macbeth is really interested in as Macbeth begins to go into the details. ...read more.


Immediately Lady Macbeth's thinks back to what the we�rd sisters said to Macbeth about being Thane of Glamis, then Thane of Cawdor and eventually King of Scotland. As soon as the attendant leaves the castle, Lady Macbeth starts speaking in a horribly evil and insane type of manner. At first she compares the messenger the hoarse raven (1.v.36) and I feel that this is because the voice of the messenger is hoarse and a raven is supposed to be the carrier of messages. There is also a "symbolic significance" of a raven as traditionally the raven is "the carrier of evil", in this case the bad news is for the approaching King Duncan, while his arrival will turn out to be a great opportunity for Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to kill the king. One of the weirdest thoughts that Lady Macbeth expresses during her speech (1.v.35-55) is her call upon the spirits to "unsex" her, thus removing her femininity and feelings such as guilt. The next line and a half (from line 40) ...read more.


At the start of the scene, Macbeth is alone, contemplating the murder. As it states in the help in the Cambridge School Edition of Macbeth, only ambition spurs him on. Macbeth then remarks that he can find it in him to kill Duncan, "We will proceed no further in this business" (1.vii.31). Lady Macbeth accuses him of being a coward (1.vii39-44) as if he kills the King, he may become king himself. Lady Macbeth then launches into a speech about her beliefs about the murder and Macbeth's lack of manliness. She also remarks that she would rather "dash the brains out" of her child than break her promise as he has done by backing out of the murder (1.vii.58). Macbeth still has doubts asking "If we fail?" with Lady Macbeth replying "We fail?" (1.vii.58-59). This shows the confidence of Lady Macbeth in the murder. Lady Macbeth is an extremely deep and dark character, who seems to do all the hard work of organising the murder for her husband. This is interesting, maybe showing that she has more control in the relationship. I wait with anticipation to see how Shakespeare develops her character in the rest of the play. ...read more.

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