Lady Macbeth is presented as a character that fulfils her role among the nobility and is well respected like Macbeth. She is loving to her husband but is the dominant figure in there relationship. Lady Macbeth is also a character who does not want to appear or seem weak but is very ambitious.
Para 1- Relationship between Macbeth and lady Macbeth
"Was the hope drunk Wherein you dressed yourself?" In the conversation between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth we see that there is a disagreement that continues through the entire scene. Macbeth decides that he does not want to murder Duncan and that the discussion is over. Lady Macbeth on the other hand feels that Macbeth is being a coward and thinks that he should think about what he is doing before he makes up his mind. Slowly throughout the scene Lady Macbeth convinces Macbeth that he should kill Duncan and he finally agrees. This goes to show that the relationship produces a sense of trust and openness. This is due to the fact that Macbeth listens to his wife and finally takes what she has to say into thought and decides to carry through with it. This shows that Lady Macbeths character as very determined in what needs to happen and is very manipulative over her husband
Para 2- receiving the witches prophecies news-
When she receives the witches news she immediately comes to the conclusion that the fastest way for Macbeth to fulfil the prophecies of becoming thane of Cawdor and king of Scotland is to make them happen. So to become king he has to first murder King Duncan. “Great Glamis, That which cries ‘thus thou must do’, if thou have it, At that which rather thou dost fear to do Than wishest should be undone”. This reveals about her character a cunning and planning side to Lady Macbeth. Her mind set is that for something to happen you must make it happen. This is so she can achieve her desire of becoming queen.
Para3-when she tells spirits to take her humanness away from her " unsex" quote “ 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;” In act 1 scene 5 Lady Macbeth says this so she needs to arm herself against all normal human emotions, because she knows that the murder of King Duncan wrong. To be strong she needs to be stripped of her femininity as it is thought of as being a sign of weakness and to be turned into a warrior. Within her speech she also mentions ‘The raven himself is hoarse,’ the symbol of raven usually represents death of which reflects on the whole play of Macbeth.
Para 4- acting as an innocent hostess
In act 1 scene 6, Banquo and Macbeth arrive back from battle. This is when Lady Macbeth starts playing the good hostess as she tells Macbeth and Banquo she loves them and welcomes them to her home. King Duncan calls her "our honored hostess" as he enters her household. She starts flirting with Duncan so he is putty in her hands. This scene reveals her trait of being very two faced and controlling her emotions.
Para5- Good actress- In Act 3 Scene 3 King Duncan’s body is discovered. We discover not only is Lady Macbeth evil and persuasive she’s a good liar and actress too. She shows as this with the surprise tone of him being found in ‘what our house?’ ‘Help me hence’ then follows by fainting.
Para6- convincing Macbeth to kill Duncan
To convince Macbeth into killing Duncan, Lady Macbeth puts ideas pressures Macbeth by trying to make him feel guilty implying he would be a coward not to kill Duncan and saying he is not worthy to be called a man if he goes back on his promises. She also tries to make light of the murder - as though it would all be over in flash and then everything would be alright again. "Art thou afeard to be the same in thine own act and valour As thou are in desire?" This quote shows Lady Macbeth taunting Macbeth with being a coward and unmanliness if he goes back on his plans to kill Duncan and take the throne.
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