Lady Macbeth (Femininity (She shows weakness when Macbeth goes to kill…
"Unsex me here."
She tries to suppress her femininity.
Unusual for Shakespeare to present a female as strong in the Jacobean Period.
She shows weakness when Macbeth goes to kill Duncan through drinking.
She is strong enough to plan the murder but not strong enough to carry it out.
Decisive and brutal
Manipulates Macbeth to get what she wants out of him - the crown.
She masquerades as weak and timid to achieve what she is after.
"Look like the innocent flower / but be the serpent under'th."
She shows this skill when she meets Duncan.
At the start to the play her closeness to her husband is unquestionable.
She shows strength when he shows weakness.
They foil each other.
She is the practical one and organises Duncan's murder.
There is a downfall in their loyalty to each other later in the play.
As her mind deteriorates, he loses loyalty to her.
She loses his support as the play progresses.
Likened to the witches
They symbolise the supernatural side of her.
She likens them to herself
How Lady Macbeth is Presented by Judi Dench in the 1978 Film
Her Soliloquy Act 1 Scene 5
Nervous / Panicked
Couldn't quite believe it
Submissive to the evil taking her over