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Analysis Of Lady Macbeth's Speech In Shakespeare's Macbeth

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My essay is about the speech given by Shakespeare’s lady Macbeth, the speech has a mysterious feel about and therefore reflects Lady Macbeths personality perfectly. I imagine that Shakespeare was trying to show Lady Macbeths dark personality through her speaking rather than acting and that is why the speech has a sinister feel about it. Her speech is about the arrival of her victim, Duncan whom she is planning to kill so that she can get what she wants. Shakespeare was a very talented writer who managed to tell us that Lady Macbeth was drunk with power just by using words.
One of the main features of Lady Macbeths soliloquy is Anthropomorphosis. This is demonstrated in’ The raven himself is hoarse’ which is the first line of her soliloquy. Anthropomorphosis is used to try and help us picture the scene in our mind. Anthropomorphosis is where an animal takes on the quality of a human for example the raven is taking on the human quality of ...view middle of the document...

This is a very dramatic line within the soliloquy and it seems that she is telling the spirits to do whatever it takes to make her into a man, it seems like she is forcing them to do it as she sound very demanding. I think Lady Macbeth has realised that she will never be able to accomplish the task of killing Duncan with her week and feeble female body and instead be filled from head to toe with the. Another example of repeated imperative verbs are ‘come you spirits’ and ‘come to my womans breasts’. In these I think she is telling the spirits to take her milk and replace it with bitterness. In some ways I think she is suggesting that she is more manly than Macbeth as she is not scared to kill and make sacrifices to get what she wants but Macbeth is a wimp and a disgrace to his family. I think make is another example of a strong and meaningful imperative. It makes it sound as if she really wants to be an evil witch and is also v ery overpowering to the audience.
In her speech Lady Macbeth uses a range of repetition but the main for me is ‘come’. Come is a very demanding but also welcoming word that expresses eagerness and impatience. The word is used to make Lady Macbeth sound eager for the death of Duncan. It is almost as if she is going to enjoy it. It also sounds as if she is welcoming the dark corners of the world to dwell within her and make her into a beastly and ghastly woman.I think she is meaning it to sound more like demanding rather than kindly as killing someone isnt exactly what you call nice, another one is make. Once again is an example of her telling the spirits what to do without letting them choose.Make is a strong imperative in any context but here it is especially meaningful. The sentence ‘make thick my blood’ describes the way Lady macbeth wants to change her womanly figure in exchange for that of a beast. She is saying she wants to be filled with pure wickedness.
I think Murdering Ministers stands out in Lady Macbeths speech as it is a very sincere and spooky line. I think lady Macbeth is calling the murderous demons who are invisible and capable of all evil to help her with her dirty work. She is saying how much she needs them and what help they can give her and therefore is begging for their help

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