Lady Macbeth Study Notes

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Scene 5
Summary -This scene is set at Macbeth’s castle where Lady Macbeth reads a letter received from her husband concerning his meeting with the witches. Macbeth is now the Thane of Cawdor and she is instantly aware that Macbeth could become King. She thinks of killing Duncan, however she also thinks about Macbeth and how he is too kind to kill the king. Quotes- “Yet I do fear thy nature;/ It is too full o’ the milk of human kindness” “To beguile the time, look like the time”

“Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under it.” "Come, you spirits / That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, / And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full / Of direst cruelty!" "That I may pour my spirits in thine ear;/ And chastise with the valour of my tongue / All that impedes thee from the golden round" "Your face, my thane, is as a book where men / May read strange matters" Techniques- “Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under it.” - simile It is too full o’ the milk of human kindness” – metaphor "That I may pour my spirits in thine ear;/ And chastise with the valour of my tongue / All that impedes thee from the golden round" –Metaphor “That my keen knife see not the wound it makes” – personification Scene 7

Summary-Macbeth is thinking of everything that could go wrong with the plan. He wonders if it is all worth it and also thinks about the consequences. He then decides to back out of the plan but Lady Macbeth isn’t so happy. She furiously asks Macbeth why he is so afraid to be the same in action as he is in desire. In addition, she declares him a sickly coward. She assures her husband that they will not fail in their mission. Lady Macbeth explains that they will poison King Duncan and his servants' wine with sleeping pills and that Macbeth will murder Duncan in his sleep. In order to prove himself Duncan carries through with the plan. Quotes-

Was the hope drunk?/ Wherein you dress'd yourself? hath it slept since? When you durst do it,...
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