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The Role Of Lady Macbeth In Shakespeare's Macbeth

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With close reference to and comparison of act 1 scene 5 and act 5 scene 1, explain what you learn about Lady Macbeth’s role and character in the play

The play Macbeth is a tragedy set in 1605 in the 17th century written by William Shakespeare. It is about a regicide (killing of the king) which was even worst back then than it is now because it was thought that who the king was, was picked by God, therefore not only has the guilty persons committed murder but also gone against what God had chosen. It then carries on to tell the story about the aftermath and how it affects the people of that time.
This play would have first been performed by the King’s men and Shakespeare’s company at the Globe playhouse, an open roofed theatre at the time.
The king at the time would be King James 1 who was very interested in the supernatural, so much in fact that he wrote a book called “On demonology” in 1597 in old English which is about his beliefs in witchcraft and santan.
The play Macbeth reflected many people’s beliefs in the supernatural consequently lots of the public were fascinated by it and it became really successful.
Women in Shakespeare’s time were looked down on and didn’t have the same rights as men; they generally did not have an education and was mainly associated with the domestic housework. Once married, women lost the right to inherit any wealth and property that formerly would be theirs from being passed down in the family.
Lady Macbeth is very different to what women would have been like. Lady Macbeth takes control of her marriage and is usually more dominating than her husband Macbeth, although she still doesn’t have many legal rights she doesn’t let the men in her life look down on her. Lady Macbeth isn’t maternal at all, she talks to Macbeth, t hat she would even kill her own child to become Queen, this shows she might have lost a baby at some point in her life.
Lady Macbeth first comes into the play after a letter is delivered to her house from her husband that she reads aloud, this reflects her as a intellectual woman because not many women were sent to school and mainly only the rich people were well- educated, Lady Macbeth being able to read tells you lot about her background and where she came from. The letter reads about how Macbeth was greeted by 3 witches at the end of the battle, who hailed him Thane of Cawdor, but what Lady Macbeth was most interested by was that the witches then said to Macbeth 'Hail, king that shalt be!'.
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