Lady Macbeth

After reading Macbeth’s letter, Lady Macbeth feels Macbeth is too compassionate to murder Duncan. Yet do I fear thy natureIt is too full o’th’milk of human kindnessTo catch the nearest way.
Lady Macbeth plans to manipulate Macbeth by persuading him to commit murder. That I may pour my spirits in thine earAnd chastise with the valour of my tongue
She asks to have her femininity taken away so she can carry out the plan. Come, you spiritsThat tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,And fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-fullOf direst cruelty
She doesn’t want to feel any guilt about the murder. make thick my blood,Stop up th’access and passage to remorse
Lady Macbeth wants to be filled with bitterness so she can kill Duncan Come to my woman’s breasts,And take my milk for gall, you murth’ring ministers
She needs the dark to cover her crimes so she doesn’t see what she is doing. She relies on the night to cover her. Come, thick night,And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of Hell,That my keen knife see not the wound it makes,Nor Heaven peep through the blanket of dark
Her advice to Macbeth on hiding your true desires by acting innocent. look like th’innocent flower,But be the serpent under’t,
Lady Macbeth is being the ‘innocent flower’ when talking to Duncan All our service,In every point twice done, and then done double,Were poor and single business to contendAgainst those honours
To give Macbeth the courage to do the deed, she mocks him by calling him a coward. Art thou afeardTo be the same in thine own act and valourAs thou art in desire?
She questions his manliness. When you durst do it, then you were a man
This graphic imagery of murdering a baby that she was nursing shows us the extent of her malevolence. She has no limits. How tender ’tis to love the babe that milks me:I would, while it was smiling in my face,Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums,And dashed the brains out
She sees it as easy to pass guilt off onto others. What not put uponHis spongy officers, who shall bear the guilt Of our great quell?
The audience sees some vulnerability in Lady Macbeth when she comments on why she was not able to murder Duncan. Had he not resembledMy father as he slept, I had done’t
Ironic as she tells Macbeth not to think too much about the murder as they will go mad if they do, but later goes mad herself. These deeds must not be thoughtAfter these ways: so, it will make us mad.
Cleansing metaphor Go get some water,And wash this filthy witness from your hand.
Give me the daggers: the sleeping and the deadAre but as pictures: ’tis the eye of childhoodThat fears a painted Devil.
She has blood on her hands like Macbeth, but she is not a coward like him. My hands are of your colour; but I shame To wear a heart so white.
She believes water will easily wash away any trace of the crime, but water cannot clean off the guilt, as the audience later sees in the sleepwalking scene. A little water clears us of this deed:How easy is it then!
She flippantly suggests murdering Banquo and Fleance to solve Macbeth’s problems. But in them nature’s copy not eterne.
When Macbeth hallucinates the ghost of Banquo, his wife is quick to scold him for clearly displaying his fear. This is irony as she later shows her fear when sleepwalking. This is the very painting of your fear
Stage directions for her entrance into the sleepwalking scene. Enter Lady Macbeth, holding a taper
The darkness and evil that she called on before to hide and aid her is now what scares her. She walks with a candle to ward off the darkness (both literal and metaphorical – her moral darkness). Hell is murky
This is the first time the audience sees any guilt in regards to Duncan’s murder. She was more affected by his death than she previously let on. Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?
This childlike rhyme is sinister as she begins to question what is happening around her, like she has lost control of the situation. The Thane of Fife had a wife: where is she now?
No matter how hard she tries, she cannot get the blood off of her hands. This is a symbol for her guilt that will never leave her. What, will these hands ne’er be clean?
She can still smell the blood, like it has permeated into her skin. Her sorrowful lament clearly displays her vulnerability and weakness. She is overcome with guilt and emotion. Here’s the smell of the blood still: all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Oh, oh, oh…
A fiend is an evil spirit, Malcolm saw that she was evil his fiend-like Queen
Finger of birth-strangled babe/Ditch-deliver’d by a drab Lady Macbeth is associated with the witches who epitomise evil. They represent a world of destitution, prostitution and murder.

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