Character - Lady Macbeth

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  • Created on: 05-04-17 20:18

How Lady Macbeth's presented at the start

evil, manipulative, unwomanly, ambitious

wants to get rid of her compassion by no longer being a woman "Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here and fill me from the crown to the toe topfull of direst cruelty" + "Come to my woman's breasts and take my milk"- Lady Macbeth Act 1 Scene 5

wants Macbeth to decieve Duncan and kill him so they can be king + queen "Look like th'innocent flower, but be the serpent under't"- Lady Macbeth Act 1 Scene 5

In Act 1 Scene 7, if she was feeding a baby, she would've "plucked my ****** from his boneless gums and dashed the brains out" because she's so evil.

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How Lady Macbeth's presented at the end

Weak, guilty, crazy

In Act 5 Scene 1, she starts sleepwalking and reliving events like Duncan's murder "Who would have thought the old mad to have had so much blood in him?", Showing she feels guilty and is going crazy.

At the start of the play, She was the one manipulating and persuading Macbeth to commit murders and do violent things, but now Macbeth is acting on his own, showing she is not nearly as strong as she was portrayed at the start.

In Act 5 Scene 1 the quotation "Here's the smell of the blood still - all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeted this little hand" echos what Macbeth says in Act 2 Scene 2, "Will all of Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?" Showing she's now the one feeling guilty, not Macbeth.

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Lady Macbeth's weaknesses

1) In Act 1 Scene 5, Lady Macbeth 'unsexes' herself so she can be stronger and get rid of her womanly traits. This suggests beforehand she wasn't evil and villainous enough to go through with plotting a murder.

2) In Act 2 Scene 2 she says "hath he not resembled my father as he slept, I had done't (Duncan's murder)", showing she still has emotions, feelings and soft-spots for certain people.

3) In Act 5 Scene 1 she sleepwalks and relives some of the things she had a part in plotting, showing the guilt she feels about it and that she isn't emotionless.

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How Lady Macbeth manipulates Macbeth

She insults his manliness- "You would be so much more the man" Act 1 Scene 7

She insults his bravery- "Screw your courage to the sticking place" + "My hands are of your colour but I shame to wear a heart so white"

Macbeth cares what people think of him and sees himself as a manly and brave soldier. To have someone tell him otherwise makes him want to prove himself, meaning he is eaisly manipulated.

Towards the end of the play, though, Macbeth becomes the manipulative one, and lies to two murderers to get them to kill Banquo and Fleance.

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