William Shakespeare's Macbeth
Lady Macbeth first appears in Act 1, Scene 5 whereby she is reading a letter from Macbeth informing her of his prophecies. This scene shows just how close Macbeth and Lady Macbeth were at the beginning of the play; it shows their original relationship. After reading the letter Lady Macbeth is thinking about the opportunities open to her and Macbeth. She is immediately conscious of the significance of the predictions, and as the King will be paying a royal visit soon, this will give them the opportunity to hurry the prophecy. She shows great determination and ambition from the beginning, “shalt be/What thou art promised”. This suggests that she is young for she has big
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She calls upon the spirit, “Come, you spirits” to take her femininity and help her become more masculine to be able to gain power. The fact that Lady Macbeth called upon the spirits would have been shocking to the shakespeare audience as they believe in the supernaural world.She requests this as she says, “unsex me here” which implies that she wants all her natural womanly compassion to be taken away. Lady Macbeth also asks to, “make thick my blood” which means she wants to become strong and confident therefore she can pursue the action she has been contemplating. Lady Macbeth wants mental capability, “stop up th’access and passage to remorse” as she wants her conscience to be taken away therefore unwavering decisions would not become an obstacle. She becomes filled with evil intentions as she wants to become poisonous, “take my milk for gall” therefore her innocence and womanly features will be taken away. She requires for the evil spirits to suckle her and for the night to hide her actions, “through the blanket of the dark” showing that she still has a conscience as she doesn’t want God to look down and see what she is doing, and cry out for her to hold.
When Macbeth arrives, Lady Macbeth is encouraging towards him as she praises him when he enters,“Great Glamis, worthy Cawdor, Greater