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  1. How does Macbeth and Lady Macbeths relationship change throughout the play?

    Shakesphere uses the past tense ?were? to emphasis that Lady Macbeth no longer sees her husband as a man. This line also shows Macbeth?s doubt over their plans to murder Duncan, which is further implied by his soliloquy in Act 1 Scene 7. Predominantly, at the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth appears to the audience as the driving force behind their ambition to gain power and more assertive than Macbeth, who seems doubtful towards the plans which they have made. As the play progresses their roles seem reversed to the audience and Lady Macbeth becomes more hesitant to their murderous plans.

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  2. Explain how far you think Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth as a character out of control.

    Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth in his extract as a character who is highly affected by her past. ?Out damned spot out I say? suggests that lady Macbeth is hallucinating Duncan?s blood on her hands. Her hallucinations are so deep to a limit were she can smell Duncan?s blood in her hands .At this point the audience are aware that lady Macbeth cannot bear the guilt anymore due to her severe hallucinations of blood. Later on in the play lady Macbeth commits suicide which heightens the guilt she was feeling due to her ambitions driving her to commit the horrific deeds.

    • Word count: 592
  3. Macbeth act 3 scene 5

    Her anger is shown at the opening of the scene with the use of three rhetorical questions. In the first rhetoric question, Hecate criticizes the witches in a deeming way. In the second rhetoric question the alliteration 'trade and traffic' emphasizes her upset tone and in the third rhetoric question she asserts her superiority over the witches "mistress of your charms, the close contriver of all harms". Through the metaphor, 'wayward son' Hecate gives clues that Macbeth attempted to defy the witches prophecy by trying to destroy Banquo's line.

    • Word count: 483
  4. How does Shakespeare create sympathy for Macbeth in the play?

    Furthermore, she uses personification which is another of her manipulative skill which reminds him about his ambition to be the Thane of Cawdor because drunken people often forget things. The audience see Lady Macbeth do this several times during Act1 scene 7 when she insults his sanity. For example, she says to ?screw? his ?courage? which leaves Macbeth to be feeble and accede what Lady Macbeth say him to do. Secondly, Shakespeare presents Macbeth as a victim of the scary encounter of Banquo's Ghost.

    • Word count: 744
  5. How is Lady Macbeth presented in Act 1 Scene 5

    after Duncan had been killed and Lady Macbeth wouldn?t want to take that chance, so she offers a reassurance that so long as you don?t think about it, no one will realise which it sound easy. She also says, ?Look like the time? which refers to the idea that Macbeth?s time is now, not only to rise to power but to also kill King Duncan ? this is manipulative as it increase the ambition in Macbeth?s mind to become King.

    • Word count: 500
  6. Macbeth: Theories on who is to blame for Macbeth's downfall

    The witches, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth?s ambitions are responsible for Macbeth?s downfall. The witches are at fault for Macbeth?s downfall because they were the first to fuel Macbeth?s hamartia. The witches are the first to give Macbeth hope of being king. The witches tell Macbeth of a prophecy that includes him receiving the title, Thane of Cawdor, and eventually becoming king. When Macbeth arrives home King Duncan gives Macbeth the position, Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth then fully believes the witches? prophecy that was given to him. When Macbeth kills Duncan to follow the prophecy and become king, Macbeth changes into an entirely different person.

    • Word count: 774

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  • To what extent does Shakespeare portray the character of Macbeth as a war hero(TM) turned evil murderer(TM)?

    "In conclusion I think that the witches' equivocations acted as the initial stimulus to Macbeth. They were the ones who first planted those dark thoughts into Macbeth's head, but the witches didn't tell him to murder, they only told him that he would become king. Lady Macbeth then acted as a catalyst as she manipulated Macbeth into actually killing King Duncan, and used his ego against him. There are many factors that led to Macbeth's downfall, but Macbeth's fatal flaw was his ambition, and he would not have preformed any murder if he didn't have the drive and ambition to become king."

  • Macbeth: Analyse and compare two scenes in William Shakespeare's Macbeth that show the audience the change in the balance of power, in their relationship, between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

    "In conclusion despite there being many other themes in this play in my chosen scenes the one of power stands out a great deal. They show well how Lady Macbeth has the majority of power during the beginning of the play but as it continues she loses it quickly to Macbeth. He seems to gain the power of the country around the same time that he gains it over the relationship, however because the switch in power of the relationship is not as obvious as the switch in power of the country we are unable to determine which followed which. Laura Mann 10E"

  • To what extent do you agree with Malcolm's description of Lady Macbeth as a "fiend like queen"?

    "In conclusion I believe that Malcolm's description of her as a "fiend-like queen", is not a n entirely accurate representation of Lady Macbeth, contrary to my initial impression of her. This remark may have some truth to it as Lady Macbeth did manipulate Macbeth into doing the things he did, but she does realise finally the enormity what she has done. She regrets her actions and I don't think that regret is something that a 'fiend' would feel. The witches can be seen as more responsible for Macbeth's actions as they gave him the thought of murder even though it was Lady Macbeth that spurred him on. She died what she did out of love for her husband, so I don't think she is truly evil just someone overcome by ambition for her husband, who acted without thing of the consequences. Her final remorse reveals her human side rather than her 'fiend-like' qualities."

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