How does Shakespeare present lady Macbeth? In what

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William Shakespere wrote Macbeth around 1606 for King James VI.

Macbeth involves 3 witches who make prophecies for Macbeth about taking the throne. Ambition and desire drive Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to kill King Duncan. Later Banquo is killed due to Macbeth?s greed for the throne and jealousy of it being taken away and Lady Macbeth appears to go mad and die. Macbeth is then defeated. These themes of murder, ambition, greed and desire appear throughout the play among others. These themes are factors towards the portrayal of Lady Macbeth and contribute to changes that take place in her character and also how the audience responds to this.

I will explore how Shakespeare uses these themes among other things to present Lady Macbeth?s
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Lady Macbeth then says, ?Come you spirits? and asks them to ?unsex? her there and fill her ?from head to toe, top full of direst cruelty?. ?unsex me here? suggests that she wants her female characteristics to be taken away to follow through in killing king Duncan, indicating that she sees female characteristics as too soft and as a weakness especially when it comes to killing someone. These statements also refer back to the beginning of scene 5 when she is analysing Macbeth and says that he is ?too full o?th milk of human kindness? (which also indicates that she feels human kindness is a weakness).

Lady Macbeth uses imagery in this part of her dialogue of natural female productions and makes these also seem a weakness by saying, ?come to my woman?s breasts and take my milk for gall?. This indicates further that she does not want any motherly characteristics as she sees them as a weakness to be a murderous character. She then asks that her ?keen knife see not the wound it makes? implying that she wants no remorse or guilt therefore suggesting that perhaps she feels that her character is trapped inside a woman?s body which is viewed as not only inferior but innocent, sweet and soft which it seems she does not want. The fact that throughout
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