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The Development Of Lady Macbeth In William Shakespeare's Macbeth

2451 words - 10 pages

The Development of Lady Macbeth in William Shakespeare's Macbeth

In Act 1 Scene 5 Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are very close he addresses
her in the letter as, ‘my dearest partner of greatness’ Lady Macbeth
is keen to see Macbeth to discuss the murder with him, but fears he
is, ‘too full of’ the milk of human kindness’. This proves how well
she understands her husband. She respects him by calling him, ‘Great
Glamis! Worthy Cawdor!Â’ Macbeth was perhaps thinking about murder when
he wrote the letter, because if he did not think the witchesÂ’
prophecies would account to anything he would not have consulted Lady
Macbeth, he also did not want her to, ‘lose the dues of rejoicing'
which shows they share everything together, including their ambitions
hopes and dreams. Macbeth also shows a great deal of trust towards his
wife as a letter that implies plotting the death of a king, would
result in treason which is punishable by death, this shows Macbeth
would trust Lady Macbeth with his life.

Macbeth is introduced as a worthy noble gallant soldier, rewarded for
fighting bravely on the KingÂ’s behalf, whilst Lady Macbeth in her
soliloquy asks for evil spirits to, ‘unsex’ her and fill her,
‘top-full of direst cruelty’. Shakespeare also shows her harshness by
the use of language where he uses alliteration and sibilance in,
‘murd’ring ministers, wherever in your sightless substances’ and
imagery in phrases such as, ‘thick night’ and, ‘dunnest smoke of hell’
to show the severity of her desire to kill Duncan without remorse.

ShakespeareÂ’s vivid use of imagery in Act 1 Scene 7 gives the audience
a first clear insight into the mind of Macbeth with his views about
the murder of Duncan, as we share his thoughts, troubles and fears in
his first opening soliloquy. Macbeth worries about the consequences of
DuncanÂ’s death. Religion and the consequences of sin were very
important in ShakespeareÂ’s time, he speaks about the natural order of
life on heaven and earth being ruined he uses alliteration in, ‘trumpet-
tongued against the deep damnation of his taking off.

And pity like a naked newborn babeÂ’ to emphasise the imagery of
anarchy in the heavens, he also uses the simile because there is
nothing more pure, innocent and helpless than a, ‘naked newborn babe’
and is therefore effective in convincing himself and the audience that
murdering Duncan is wrong. The language in this soliloquy is very much
emphasised by the religious references, and would have had a great
impact on the audience of that time. However, when he tells Lady
Macbeth that he will, ‘proceed no further in this business’, he uses
practical reasons such as, ‘He hath honoured me of late, and I have
brought Golden opinions from all sorts of people,Â’ Macbeth does this
because if he tells Lady Macbeth what he was...

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