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Lady Macbeth In William Shakespeare's Macbeth

2271 words - 9 pages

Lady Macbeth in William Shakespeare's Macbeth

In act 1 scene, we see lady MacBeth reading a letter that her husband,
MacBeth has sent her, it has been written as a soliloquy, she reads
aloud to the audience how he has been given information about his
future by a group of witches. MacBeth sent this letter to his wife
quickly, he is was obviously pleased with the news and wanted her to
know about it. This gives the audience the impression that Lady
MacBeth was very dominant in their relationship, and by telling her
about the prophecy she would know what to do. Lady MacBeth already
knows that MacBeth is the Thane of Cawdor and according to the witches
prophecy he will soon be King. But she says, "Yet do I fear thy
nature. It is too full o' milk of kindness To catch the nearest way."
Lady MacBeth is worried that her husband is to weak to do what has to
be done. Already we see that Lady MacBeth has formed a plan. Lady
MacBeth thinks that MacBeth will be King, and at this point in the
play we start to see the evil side of her begin to come out. She
decides that he is too kind and must be changed, "That I may pour my
spirits in thine ear, and chastise with the valour of my tongue" she
means she will persuade him to do what she wants. In her plan MacBeth
must be ruthless, "the illness should attend" (a touch of evil) .She
knows MacBeth would rather do it the right way rather than cheat to
get what he wants. As the act continues the audience experiences
exactly how evil Lady MacBeth can be. After hearing the news that
Duncan the King is coming to stay at the castle, Lady MacBeth prepares
herself for what her and her husband must do. She starts talking to
the audience in a soliloquy, this whole speech is associated with
evil. To audience in Shakespeare's time this speech would seem
unacceptable and very blasphemous. In this soliloquy Lady MacBeth
calls upon all that is evil to help her in her quest, "Come, you
spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here And fill me from
crown to the top-full Of direst cruelty" Lady MacBeth calls upon evil
to make her immune to remorse and make all that is good inside her
evil, she tries to lose all her feminine qualities because she thins
that by being a woman it would make her weaker. "Come to my woman's
breasts, And take my milk for gall, " Lady MacBeth uses this sentence
to show that she is ready to sacrifice everything for her husband. In
scene 7, Lady MacBeth shows another side to her character She is
trying to convince MacBeth to murder Duncan, "From this time Such I
account thy love. Art thou afeard To be the same in thine own act and
valour As thou art in desire?" By questioning Macbeths love for she is
morally blackmailing him into doing this deed, she also calls him a
coward for getting what he wants, "Letting 'I dare not' wait upon 'I
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