Impressions of Lady Macbeth

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What are your impressions of Lady Macbeth based on what you have seen
of her in Act 1?
We see little of Lady Macbeth in Act 1 Scenes 57, but from what we do see of her, we
learn a lot. The first glimpse of her is in Act 1 Scene 5, where she has just read Macbeths
letter, which then leads her into a lengthy soliloquy. We find out in this soliloquy that her
relationship with Macbeth must be quite strong, as she appears to know what Macbeth will be
like in the situation ahead of him she doubts him. `Yet do I fear thy nature: it is too full o'the
milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way.' This tells us that she doesn't have much
confidence in the limited actions of Macbeth she thinks that he lacks guile to achieve what he
really wants, however she does believe that he wouldn't mind takings Duncan's title if
somebody had cheated fate for him. I think this is when we first start to see the evil side
emerging in Lady Macbeth, as she is about to start plotting murder against the king, and use
her influence to involve Macbeth. `...That I may pour my spirits in thine ear and chastise with
the valour of my tongue, all that impedes thee from the golden round.' I believe Lady Macbeth
thinks she has power over Macbeth, as she is going to control him to murder Duncan.
Next we learn that Duncan is going to be staying at the Macbeths house. We immediately
see that Lady Macbeth is shocked, because now she has Duncan right where she wants him
I think the real evil in Lady Macbeth now becomes visible. Nevertheless we realise Lady
Macbeth isn't as assured, as she makes out, because after all she's the one telling the
audience how Macbeth is lacking in confidence, when it comes down to murder. She calls on
the spirits to help her, as really she isn't certain that she will have the guts to murder Duncan.
`...that no compunctious visiting's of nature shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between
th'effect and it!' Not only does she not believe in herself, but asks the spirits to change her,
(`unsex me here') and relieve her of her femininity, as women aren't associated with the
concept of murder, so she wants some male qualities to spur on her determination and
ambition. Further on in her second soliloquy on page twenty seven, her plot is finally revealed,
`that my knife see not the wound it makes, nor heaven peep through the blanket of dark' she
wants to kill Duncan in the dark with a knife.
Macbeth then enters the equation, and Lady Macbeth doesn't beat about the bush, when
she hears that Duncan will depart the day after he arrives, she drops a sly hint of her plot to
Macbeth, `O! Never shall sun that morrow see!' I think this again demonstrates the couples
love and trust for each other. It seems they can talk to each other about anything, even
something so extreme as the King's murder. It is evident that they both want to commit the
murder, and they don't hold back seizing the opportunity to talk about it. Never when talking to
Macbeth does she explicitly say she is going to murder Duncan, but she drops hints, which
instantly Macbeth figures out. He doesn't say no to the idea have the couple talked about
murder before?
Scene six, Duncan arrives and praises Lady Macbeth for her kindness and trouble. Now
we see Lady Macbeth's superb drama skills as she tells him that her efforts wouldn't match
the honour of his presence. `All our service, in every point twice done, and then done double
were poor and single business to contend against those honours deep and broad...' Now the

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Duncan that she's going to kill him that
night or at least she intends to.
Moving on to Scene seven, Macbeth is adamant that he will have nothing to do with the
merciless killing of Duncan. Next thing we know, out pops nasty Lady Macbeth, not a side we
are yet familiar with.…read more


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