Lady Macbeth


invokes powers of evil to help influence husband to commit murder & treason

sebsequently acts perfect hostess to king in false display of duty & affection

an accomplice in murder & establishing alibi in form of Duncan's guards

uses quick thinking & presence of mind to save Macbeth from admitting guilt to thanes when Banquo's ghost appears at banquet

increasingly isolated from husband

- downfall precedes Macbeth

'honoured hostess' 'noble hostess' --> repetition of 'hostess' emphasises how inhopsitable actions will be

'my dearest partner of greatness'

'Bring forth men-children only'

Malcom --> 'fiend-like queen', associates her with hell

- key human agent- one Macbeth trusts & loves- who ensures his temptation thorough


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