Face And Lady Mac Beth (First Half Of Book)

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Face and Lady MacBeth "There's no art to find the minds construction in the face" (1.4.14/15). Duncan, who was the King of Scotland in William Shakespeare's Macbeth, said this. When Duncan says this, it was after he had found out that one of the Thanes of Scotland was trying to commit treason against him. Another thane named MacBeth, nobly slain the other thane in battle and was given his title. Previous to getting the second title as Thane of Cawdor, MacBeth had an encounter with three witches. These witches greeted him as the Thane of Glamis (which was the title he was born into), the Thane of Cawdor, and thou that shall be king hereafter. At first he did not take the witches seriously, but then though twice when the title of the Thane of Cawdor was laid upon him. He wrote a letter to his wife and told her about everything that had happened to him. When he arrived home she manipulates and demeans his manhood so that he will kill Duncan and become king. In the beginning of the play Lady MacBeth appears as a kind wife of MacBeth's but underneath lays a scheming and treacherous woman. The reader can pinpoint where there is a change in Lady MacBeth's aura. "Your face, my thane is as a book where men may read strange matters." (1.6.73/74). At this time in the play even though she has convinced MacBeth to kill Duncan, Shakespeare still hasn't shown her in her most evil light. On the other hand, it is at this time where she begins to become sneaky and deceiving. She compares MacBeth's face to a book saying that by the way he looks people may catch onto his thoughts, and that is killing Duncan. She tells him to be merry and look jovial because Duncan is going to stay the night at their castle. She also tells him to look like the innocent flower, but to be the serpent under it. (1.6.76-78). She continues to play with the concept of deceit by telling MacBeth to be a kind host to Duncan, but to still be ready to kill him when the opportunity came. After the stage of deception, Lady MacBeth shows the reader how evil a person she can be. Even though the book really does not mention MacBeth and Lady MacBeth having children, there is a part in the play that shows that they do, and it also shows how cruel Lady MacBeth could be to her child. "How tender "˜tis to love the babe that mikes me. I would while it was smiling in my face, have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums and dashed the brains out, had I sworn to you, have done...

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