Macbeth act 1 scene 5

it is too full o’ the milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way lady macbeth reacts to the letter macbeth has sent her detailing the witches predictions. she shares his ambition and doubts that he will achieve kingship as his nature his too gentle. uses a feminine metaphor to describe him, contrasting of how macbeth was described as ‘brave’ in act 1 scene 2
art not without ambition but without the illness should attend it lady macbeth acknowledges that macbeth has strong ambition, but hasn’t got the ruthlessness to be successful. ironic as theres is many references to illness in the play particularly towards his wife mental state.
all that impedes thee from the golden round Lady Macbeth vows to use her words to make Macbeth become king. The verb ‘chastise’ denotes her dominance over him and the use of ‘valour’ describes the bravery of the words she will use. Her words are brave because they will serve subvert all expectations of women.
Unsex me here The imperative language reveals her dominance and the levels of her ambition. She calls on evil spirits to give her masculine qualities. To strip her of all compassion so she can coerce Macbeth into committing regicide.
Come to my woman’s breasts and take my milk for gall More imperative language demanding the spirits to strip her of any feminine qualities, she wants her motherly characteristics to be replaced with evil. She is emulating what it feels like to be a dominant male.
O never shall sun that morrow see ! This exclamatory is lady macbeths open declaration that Duncan will be murdered in her castle. Denotes strong emotion as she has concocted the plan so she is the one to openly announce what will happen.
Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under’t Imperative contains a biblical allusion. She is telling Macbeth that he must act in a duplicitous manner. The simile references the parallel between lady Macbeth persuading Macbeth to commit the murder just as Adam and Eve
We will speak further Dynamics of the relationship are subverted. Macbeth tries and fails to assert his authority. He seems to be undecided about the plan at this point.
Leave all the rest to me The scene ends with an imperative from LM. She doesn’t respond to macbeths appeal to ‘ speak further ‘ but instead is intent upon seeing the plan through. Act 1 scene 5 is very important in relation to macbeths relationship. LM is the dominant force, an anachronistic women. M defers to her power.

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