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You are now directing a production of Macbeth; the actress playing lady Macbeth is relatively inexperienced and needs careful guidance. Write detailed instructions, which you explain, the importance of lady Macbeth's role

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You are now directing a production of Macbeth; the actress playing lady Macbeth is relatively inexperienced and needs careful guidance. Write detailed instructions, which you explain, the importance of lady Macbeth's role and offer advice conserving how the part should be played. It is impossible for one to play the part of Lady Macbeth without knowing Lady Macbeth herself. Macbeth is a tragedy and here is why Lady Macbeth is a tragic figure. The main theme for Macbeth is ambition, and the different characters use this very widely within the play, but it is mostly a very strong characteristic of Lady Macbeth. She is known well for this through her commitment for Macbeth "what's beast was't then that made you break this enterprise to me? When you durst do it, then you where a man. And to be more then that you where, you would be so much more a man. Nor time, nor place did then adhere, and yet you would make both" (act 1, scene 7 line 48) this is a quote from Macbeth by Lady Macbeth. In this quote Lady Macbeth has used 'beast' to describe Macbeth and she is talking about him by saying that before he was a man because he made his promise to her, but now he is not because he broke that promise to her, she has used metaphors. ...read more.

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Shakespeare uses imagery in the language he uses to show the supernatural side of what happens, including symbolism such as 'what, will these hands ne'er be clean?' in this scene lady Macbeth is sleepwalking and in her dreams she is trying to wash blood, that she is hallucinating, off her hands that appears to be there. After all the horrific murder her conscience comes back to her with the image of blood. This shows the supernatural activity throughout the play; such as the 3 weird sisters who predict the future of Macbeth to him and banquo, also the curious weather changes that promote strange activity, for instance in act 2 scene 4, the 'old man' and Ross spoke about the strange circumstances in connection with the weather " by th'clock 'tis day And yet dark night strangles the travelling lamp. Is't nights predominance, or the days shame, that darkness does the face of the earths entomb when living light should kiss it?" .My impressions of this quote is that there should be light when there isn't and this is not natural for such normality, they suspect this has something to do with the suspicious murders that are happening ' tis unnatural, even like the deed that's done' from the scene it shows they are weary of the behaviour. ...read more.

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In Shakespeare's time Lady Macbeth would be played as fierce and controlling and seen as very different from other women. She would have a great impact on the audience because she dabbles in witchcraft and in the time of Queen Elizabeth I, there was witch uproar in society and nearly every woman in the UK were accused of being a witch. This resulted in many executions, witchcraft was thought to have been pure evil and Satan worshipping. They believed witches to be the reason for deaths and unhappiness and they sacrificed serpents and lizards to the devil. So because of these circumstances she would have been a really evil character to be a witch and so pure evil. Another point is that the audience would have laughed in the scenes in which a modern audience would have seen as horrific, due to the fact they found death to a witch good rather then evil. She would be an impact on the audience today because in her characters she explores every part of ambition and she shows a great way of ruining your life and although maybe realistically she wont be hallucinating blood in her sleepwalking, but maybe murder isn't the best way to get what you want. Today they say that it is curse to say Macbeth's name if you are an actor, so lets just wait and see. ...read more.

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