The Use of Language, Stagecraft and Structure to Illustrate the Demise of Lady Macbeth
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To explore the demise of Lady Macbeth, it is crucial to compare various scenes beginning with Act 1 Scene 5 and ending with Act 5 Scene 1. It is going to examine, using language, stagecraft and structure, how in the beginning of the play Lady Macbeth is manipulative and dominant over Macbeth, but towards the end of the play, the roles have reversed and Lady Macbeth is needed less and less. Towards the closing scenes, Macbeth becomes totally independent in his actions and decisions, in stark contrast, Lady Macbeth becomes isolated, anxious and tormented by the crime they have committed, so much so that she feels that is too much to bear, and by the end of the play, takes her own life. “Macbeth” was written between 1603 and 1606, when…show more content…
This is demonstrated when Lady Macbeth states ‘He that’s coming, must be provided for; and you shall put this night’s great business into my dispatch, which shall to all our nights and days to come give solely sovereign sway and masterdom’. This language shows how dominant and over powering Lady Macbeth was, unusual for a woman in that era who usually was employed with domestic duties, such as cleaning, cooking and needlework. This dominant characteristic is illustrated further, when Lady Macbeth expressed ‘unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe top-full of direst cruelty’. It is additionally shown in ‘Come to my woman’s breasts, and take my milk for gall, you murd'ring ministers.’ Lady Macbeth is so ruthless; she is developing male traits and qualities. Furthermore, she is making a clear reference, and in turn appealing to the evil spirits for assistance in her plot to kill the king.
In Act 1 scene 6, Duncan, his sons and thanes arrive. Lady Macbeth greets the guests alone. Duncan compliments his hostess on the peaceful location, and her home. Showing that lady Macbeth greets the king and thanes on her own, illustrates that she can do any task that Macbeth is capable of doing. This also demonstrates that she is mentally and emotionally as strong as Macbeth.
Act 1 scene 7 involves Macbeth departing the supper room to reflect on his feelings of the forthcoming murder. He is doubtful about completing