Act 1 Scene 5 Of William Shakespeare 's ' Macbeth '

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‘Macbeth’ was written in 1606 by William Shakespeare. The play is set in Medieval Scotland and follows Lady Macbeth’s descent into madness - evolving from when her and her husband commit regicide and kill the King. Lady Macbeth is initially presented as driven, manipulative and defiant of the traditional gender role of women of obedient and submissive. Her character changes by the end of the play as she begins to fade into madness until eventually she is reduced to a deranged state, ultimately ending with her suicide.

Lady Macbeth’s unconventional character is first presented to the audience in Act 1 Scene 5 as powerful. When Lady Macbeth first walks on stage she is “alone, with a letter” this gives her a commanding presence on stage which portrays her as a powerful and significant character. Lady Macbeth continues to read aloud the letter from Macbeth in which he explains what has happened to him, telling her about the witches’ prophecies and how he has been crowned Thane of Cawdor. The letter gives the audience an insight into what their relationship is like; Macbeth calls Lady Macbeth “my dearest partner in greatness” the adjective “partner” suggests that they share a close and trusting relationship. Lady Macbeth’s equality with her husband makes her unconventional to women of Medieval times as women’s status and roles were subject to the tyranny of patriarchy and were given limited rights. During Lady Macbeth’s soliloquy she decides that Macbeth “shalt be what thou art
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