The Role of Lady Macbeth in Act 1, Scene 5 and Act 5, Scene 1

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The Role of Lady Macbeth in Act 1, Scene 5 and Act 5, Scene 1

William Shakespeare's 'Macbeth', was the last of the four tragedies written by Shakespeare. It is thought that the play was written at a time somewhere between 1603 - 1611.Upon the introduction of Act 1 Scene 5, Lady Macbeth is brought into the plot of the play. In this soliloquy, Lady Macbeth comments on her thoughts after having read a letter from her husband, Macbeth, informing her about the witches' prophecies on the possibility of Kingship. A variety of well-known topics are explored, including the revelation of the true traits of characters such as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

Act I scene V is set at Macbeth's castle in Inverness
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Shakespearean audiences will immediately be able to relate to 'Hamlet, an earlier play, where King Hamlet is poisoned by Claudius pouring poison into his ear. This is a very significant line of the play, which is becoming increasingly darker scene by scene. This is emphasized by delving deep into the character of Lady Macbeth, which is summed up with the following quotation - "Under my battlements, come you spirits, That tend on mortal thoughts, Unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe, top-full, Of direst cruelty: make thick my blood, Stop up th' access and passage to remorse, That no compunctious visitings of nature Shake my fell purpose"

In this, Lady Macbeth calls upon the spirits to take away her femininity, to thicken her blood and take away from her the ability to weep, which only such a deeply disturbed person could do so.

In Act V scene I, Lady Macbeth suffers from a psychological disorder and she sleepwalks and talks in fits and starts, remembering events from the murders of Duncan and also references to Banquo and Lady Macduff. Her doctor and maid overhear her incriminating words.

During this scene, the audience are now witness to a dramatic change in Lady Macbeth from the early scenes of the play. She is now truly mad and her mind flits from one subject to the next. She can still see the blood on her hands and however much she washes, she

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