Duncan I of Scotland and Lady Macbeth

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Macbeth controlled assessment draft

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Lady Macbeth, Miss Havisham and the persona in the laboratory are all perfect examples of disturbed women, whose minds and thoughts have been flung out of reality, warped and twisted by the psychotic ambitions and desires they hold. Their psychoses, how ever, manifest themselves in different ways. In the play ‘Macbeth', Lady Macbeth degenerates from a sturdy, supreme character that influences her husband, Macbeth, into doing wicked deeds, into a deteriorating delusional woman who lacks self-control and bleeds guilt right out of her hands. Miss Havisham reflects lady Macbeths deranged behavior, as she is a woman whose heart has been fractured by love, whose mind is tragically stuck in the past. The persona in the laboratory exhibits the same ruthless and confident behaviors as Lady Macbeth did at the start of the play. Nevertheless these three characters all display ideas about disturbed women. In this piece I will proceed to analyze and compare the different ways disturbed women are presented, linking the three texts therefore creating a deeper understanding of how disturbed women are conveyed.

Act 1 scene 5 : In the play ‘Macbeth, Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth as being a disturbed woman, whose insane ambitions and desires to advance in life overwhelm her morality. We see Lady Macbeth as the paramount and dominant figure in her relationship with Macbeth, which dismisses the understanding of women in the patriarchal society they live: who sees females as a feeble and defenseless gender that should be subservient to their male dominance. Lady Macbeth is presented to be the fueling behind Macbeth’s wicked and later on very foolish behavior. This is particularly noticeable in act 1 scene 5 where Lady Macbeth is first glimpsed, reading a letter from Macbeth telling her about the witches prophecy, that he will ascend to the throne, Lady Macbeth at once implores the spirits to take away her weakness (her...
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