Lady Macbeth - Quotes

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  • Created on: 25-04-19 17:29
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      • Lady Macbeth's power has diminished incredibly from Act 1 as she has to ask to see the Kind and isn't able to influence his decisions.
      • "say to the King I would attend his leisure / for a few words"
        • It shows that Macbeth has distance himself from Lady Macbeth, becoming more independent of her.  It also shows that she has lost power over Macbeth as she has to ask to see him instead of going directly to Macbeth.
      • "what is done is done"
        • Lady Macbeth attempts to try and calm Macbeth, however, this fails.  This is likely because of her loss of control over Macbeth due to his paranoia overwhelming him.
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      • Shaekspeare shows the audience that Lady Macbeth appears unaffected from the murder. - making her seem cold.  But from this point onwards, Lady Macbeth starts to loose control of the situation for herself and her husband.
      • "a little water clears us of this deed"
        • Unlike Macbeth, it appears that Lady Macbeth is to be able to seperate herself from the act of regicide - however, it is also ironic as later on in the play, she complains how the same deed cannot be cleared.
      • “sleep no more; Macbeth does murder sleep”
        • Both of the Macbeth's are plagued from sleep deprivation for the rest of the play.  However, Lady Macbeth brushes it off as her husband's panicking.
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      • Lady Macbeth's final appearance in Act 5 shows how she has been sleepwalking, making her as shadow of her former self.  Shakespeare seems to suggest that participating in act of treachery will ultimately lead to ones own destruction.
      • “Hell is murky”
        • Due to her disrupting the great chain of being, she has been sent to hell.  Her madness and guilt have overwhelmed her and she exclaims that she is already in hell.
      • "will these hands ne’er be clean?”
        • Contradicts with what she said earlier in Act 2 as her involvement in regicide cannot be undone.  Because of this she has broken down and is soon to die.
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      • Shakespeare introduces the audience to Lady Macbeth as an ambitious and ruthless woman.  She uses the issue of gender to provoke Macbeth into killing Duncan, as she wants her husband to succeed.
      • “When you durst do it, then you were a man”
        • LM questions Macbeth's masculinity into persuading to commit regicide .  She appears as being manipulative to her husband, something that didn't' happen in the Jacobean times.
      • “too full o’ the milk of human kindness”
        • LM is shown to have more ambition that Macbeth, more so that she says that he doesn't have enough of it.  This makes her appear as an ambitious and ruthless woman.
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      • Lady Macbeth tries to put the act of regicide behind her and act like a good host.  However, it seems that Lady Macbeth is starting to break down and is unable to control her husband's fear.
      • “to all our friends; / For my heart speaks they are welcome” 
        • Lady Macbeth puts on an appearance of being a good host - saying that they are welcome to this banquet.
      • "Look like th'innocent flower but be the serpent under't"
        • Lady Macbeth tries to get Macbeth to put on an act for his guests instead of dwelling on the problems he is facing.

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