Essay about Macbeth by William Shakespeare

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Macbeth by William Shakespeare As part of my GCSE English "Macbeth" coursework, I had to analyse how Lady Macbeth persuaded Macbeth to murder Duncan, with a detailed reference to Act 1 Scenes 5, 6 and 7 and Act II scene 1. Also, I needed to consider the events and themes of the play so far, the characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and the nature of their relationship. At the beginning of Act 1 scene 5, Lady Macbeth is alone on stage with a letter, a letter from Macbeth. The letter informs her of Macbeth's meeting with the witches and their report that reflects there is more in them than mortal knowledge. Their greetings to him "All hail, Macbeth! Hail to the thane of Glamis! All…show more content…
Women are the gentle, loving comrades of their authoritative, powerful men. The traditional nature of women would be of no help in the deed that was to be committed. Thus Lady Macbeth calls upon the spirits of darkness to conquer her natural womanliness and fill her instead with the worst of bitterness, wickedness and cruelty. She asks the powers of darkness to cover her thoughts and overpower her, so that their may be no remorse, no natural feeling of regret or conscientiousness. "Come you spirits…..,unsex me….fill me…..dirtiest cruelty; make thick my blood, stop up th'access and passage to remorse….come to my woman's breast…..milk for you….murdering ministers…..mischief…..Come, thick night…..dunnest smoke of hell……my keen knight see not the wound it makes….." The nature of the call, its powerful language and vocabulary has a very strong, dark, shilling effect on the reader. The suggestions of evil poison the reader. The audience at these moments are reminded of the awful contrast this scene bears to the witches, the evil looking, crooked faces, thunder and lightening, struggle and darkness. Clearly indicating the play is a battle of the forces of good and evil. Lady Macbeth says that Macbeth's thoughts are too apparent on his face. She advises him to be double sided and two faced by deceiving the guests and hiding his real

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