LADY MACBETH ACT 1 SCENE 5 ("It is too full o' th' milk of…
LADY MACBETH ACT 1 SCENE 5
"Thy letters have transported me beyond / This ignorant present, and I feel now / The future is instant"
Paper - Foreshadows the disintegration of their relationship
Supernatural prophecies have moved Lady Macbeth
Her flaw is evident here: over ambition
Her desperation for power is highlighted
"future" "present" with the iambic pentameter intensifies the influence of the witches over Lady Macbeth
The juxtaposition between "present" and "future" subtly outlines an insecurity within her character
In the present she is merely a childless, wife to a solider and in the future, she is a powerful Queen
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She is excessively ambitious and even in this act, before the deed, she verbally challenges the Great Chain of Being
Use words such as "Alternatively", "Beneath the surface" ...
Lady Macbeth is a cunning and manipulative woman associated with the supernatural
"It is too full o' th' milk of human kindness"
She instantly states that Macbeth will be
"what thou art promised"
, which shows a determination and strength of will that we may not have been expecting
She goes on to criticise her husband's nature, since he is
"too full o' th' milk of human kindness
". A wife criticising her husband would shock a Jacobean audience
The metaphorical meaning implied her is that milk associated with female breasts is linked to weakness
During the Jacobean society, women had no rights or even position
Perhaps, even foreshadowing the latter statement about
"unsex me here"
Establishing a contrast between man and woman
Could this be a subtle link to not having a child? This could offer an explanation for her evil ways outweighing any parental qualities
Denying a moment of weakness in her power - highlighting yet again her weakness as a woman
Highlights the worry and fear of Lady Macbeth, and foreshadows the thoughts that overpower Macbeth, as this quote highlights their fear of not being able to maintain power as they are a childless coulple
Intensifies the influence of the witches, she has been overpowered even though she speaks in an superior way. This has led some to believe that she is the fourth witch
"I may pour my spirits in thine ear"
ACT 1 SCENE 5
Her first appearance in the play is in Act 1 Scene 5
She opens by reading Macbeth's letter; she seems to be presented by Shakespeare as passive and submissive
When Lady Macbeth stops reading, her true personality is presented through her soliloquy