Lady Macbeth

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Macbeth is a tragic play written by William Shakespeare and tells the story of the seemingly brave warrior, Macbeth. However, due a prophecy created by the witches, Macbeth becomes over-ambitious and commits regicide. The rest of the story demonstrates how the crimes he committed led to his inevitable downfall. Rupert Goold directed a film adaptation of Macbeth starring Patrick Steward and Kate Fleetwood. The film adaptation used uniforms comparable to Soviet Union. However, the name of all characters and the place names are kept the same as in the play. The film adaptation of Macbeth is very dramatic, with lots of tension, suspense and gore to keep the audience attentive. One of the main characters in the play is Lady Macbeth, wife to Macbeth. She is an extremely ambitious woman who is infatuated with power and glory. In the play she is shown as a powerful and dominating character. This is also the case in the film adaptation, where is also presented as a sexual temptress. The first time we see Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare’s play is in Act 1 Scene 5, where she reads a letter from Macbeth stating that the witches have prophesized him to be the future king of Scotland. As she awaits for the arrival of King Duncan, she performs her soliloquy to the spirits. In this soliloquy, we realise that her ambition for Macbeth to be King is powerful. She speaks in iambic pentameter “Come to my woman’s breasts,

And take my milk for gall,”

She is preparing to murder King Duncan so she wants to get rid of any womanly qualities and become more violent and cruel like a man. The iambic pentameter shows that she is in control of her own speech. As well as this, we understand that she is a prominent character in the play as she has her own soliloquy.

She is also willing to reject the traditional role of motherhood when she addresses Macbeth.

“…look like the innocent flower
But be the serpent under’t”

In this part, we realise that she is a cunning woman who doesn’t...
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