Lady Macbeth: Character Study

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  • Lady Macbeth: Character Study
    • Act 1, Scene 5
      • Letter assumes that Lady M will be willing to comply with his plans
      • Equal footing in relationship
        • "Dearest partner of greatness"
      • Comes to the same conclusion as Macbeth without confining in each other
      • Masculine
        • "Unsex me here"
        • "Too full o'th milk of human kindness
        • Doubts abilities of Macbeth
        • "Milk for gall"
        • "Great business into my dispatch"
        • More lines for Lady M than M
      • Logical and Intelligent
        • Emphasis upon change between prose and iambic pentameter
      • Eager to be royal
        • "from the crown to toe"
        • "Never shall sun that morrow see"
      • Willing to be deceptive: encourages Macbeth
        • "Look like th' innocent flower but be the serpent under't"
    • Act 1, Scene 7
      • Manipulative
        • Emmasculates him
          • "Green and pale"
        • "Such I account thy love"
        • Rejects maternal instinct
          • "dashed its brains out"
        • "You and I"
          • She makes him do it rather than going it together!
    • Act 2, Scene 2
      • Values her family - shows humanity (weakness)
        • "Had he not resembled my father as he slept, I had done't"
      • Logical
        • "Why did you bring these daggers from this place"
        • "Consider it not so deeply"
      • Manipulative
        • "My hands are of your colour; but I shame to wear a heart so white"
      • Linked with the Supernatural
        • "''Tis the eye of childhood that fears a painted Devil"
    • Act 2, Scene 3
      • Archetypal wife/woman
        • Plays on this archetype to pardon herself from suspect
        • "The repetition in a woman's ear, would murther as it fell"
        • "Help me hence, ho"
          • Also is left 'aided' - making a distraction?
    • Act 3, Scene 2
      • Macbeth dominates the floor: traditional gender roles
      • Logical
        • "What's done is done"
      • "Be innocent of the knowledge"
        • Ironic - Macbeth doesn't think that she can handle the death of Banquo
    • Act 5, Scene 1
      • Loss of logic
        • Whole scene is in prose rather than iambic pentameter
      • Guilt!
        • Family linked
          • "Who would have thought the old man had so much blood in him"
        • "The Thane of Fife had a wife; where is she now?"
        • Disturbs her sleep = Insanity "to bed"
      • Regresses back to femininity = Empathy?
        • "this little hand"
      • Linked with Supernatural
        • "This disease is beyond my practice"


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