LADY MACBETH'S CHARACTER THROUGHOUT THE PLAY (LADY MACBETH IN ACT ONE,…
LADY MACBETH'S CHARACTER THROUGHOUT THE PLAY
LADY MACBETH IN ACT ONE
Act One, Scene Five
, Lady Macbeth is presented as manipulative and dominant. She possesses characteristics more typical of men at the time.
"Make thick my blood, stop up th'access and passage to remorse that no compunctious visitings of nature shake my fell purpose nor keep peace between th'effect and it
Thicken my blood and clog up my veins so I won’t feel remorse, so that no human compassion can stop my evil plan or prevent me from accomplishing i
Her dark soliloquy shows how evil she is; her references to spirits and hell links her to the Witches
"Look like the flower, but be the innocent serpent under't"
"Unsex me here"
Come to my woman’s breasts, and take my milk for gall (acid), you murd'ring ministers
Great Glamis, worthy Cawdor, greater than both, by the all-hail hereafter
This mirrors how the witches greet Macbeth
"Leave all the rest to me"
Act One, Scene Six
, Lady Macbeth flatters Duncan, thanking him for his generosity
"Again those honours deep and broad wherewith your majesty loads our house"
This contrasts with the previous scene showing how two-faced Lady Macbeth is
"We rest your hermits"
"We will pray for you"
Duncan calls Lady Macbeth a "honoured hostess", which heavily contrasts from Lady Macbeth's actual character (dramatic irony)
Act One, Scene Seven
, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are discussing the murder. Macbeth says the doesn't want to do it. but Lady Macbeth convinces him to by attacking his masculinity and integrity
"When you durst do it, then you were a man"
"I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums And dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you Have done to this.
The image of Lady Macbeth murdering a child shows how evil she is
Although murder is wrong, she is saying she would do it if she had agreed to the same way that Macbeth agreed to kill Duncan
LADY MACBETH IN ACT TWO
Act 2, Scene, Two
, Macbeth has committed the murder. Whilst Macbeth worries, Lady Macbeth takes charge of the situation
(about the blood on Macbeth's hands) "A foolish thought, to say a sorry sight"
She doesn't feel remorse
"Infirm of purpose! Give me the daggers"
"The sleeping and the dead Are but as pictures. 'Tis the eye of childhood That fears a painted devil"
Lady Macbeth disregards Macbeth's fear as childish
"My hands are of your colour, but I shame To wear a heart so white."
Lady Macbeth is mocking Macbeth's masculinity and cowardice
Act Two, Scene Three
, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth pretend they weren't involved in the death of Duncan
Macbeth begins to act suspiciously, so Lady Macbeth pretends to faint to distract everyone
LADY MACBETH IN ACT THREE