Lady Macbeth Sleepwalking Scene Analysis

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The creative monologue takes place at the same time of Act 5, Scene 5 where Lady Macbeth dies. The purpose of the piece is to create insight as to why Lady Macbeth had chosen to end her life late in the last act. The scene starts with Lady Macbeth 's sleepwalking routine. The Lady Macbeth in the monologue remembers past events, specifically her part in King Duncan 's murder plot. Through this, her earlier strong and ruthless character is presented as well as her later and more vulnerable character. What is different from the similar sleepwalking scene in the Shakespearean play is that Lady Macbeth suddenly wakes up and realize that she had been sleepwalking. The realization that she is going out of her mind is what cause her to commit suicide. …show more content…
She goads and bullies her husband to commit murder, which satisfies her own evil desires. This is demonstrated when she said “I would, while [my newborn baby] was smiling in my face… dash’d [his] brains out, had I so sworn as you have done to this.” (1.7.56-59). The brutal image the line stirs up shows to Macbeth that she would sooner murder her own child than to break a promise to him and that his devotion to her should be just as great. Next, Lady Macbeth wants the crown enough to call upon supernatural forces to help her commit the deed. Alone in her chamber, she said: “Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here … Stop up the access and passage to remorse, that no compunctious visitings of nature shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between the effect and it”(1.5.41-49). This shows that Lady Macbeth does not only wants the crown, she is determined enough that she is willing to go a great length to get it—even asking murderous spirits for help to make her more like a man so that no human compassion can stop her from her diabolical plan. Lady Macbeth felt that her true character is not cruel enough to deliver her plan

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