How Is Lady Macbeth’s Monstrosity Shown?

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Shakespeare portrays monstrosity through the character of Lady Macbeth in numerous ways. One way in which Lady Macbeth’s monstrosity is conveyed is through her wanting to be a more powerful than some men. For instance, she says “Leave all the rest to me”. This is unusual as it is rather commanding for a woman in that time to say something like that to her husband. Also it would have been seen as being deeply unnatural because women were seen to be of a much lower status than any man. Monstrosity is also shown through Lady Macbeth when she comes across as being deceitful. For example, she says “Look like innocent flower but be the serpent unerd’t”. This biblical reference portrays Lady Macbeth to be immoral as the blasphemous remark can be seen as her devaluing religious beliefs. The monstrous language Lady Macbeth voices is demonstrated through her use of euphemisms and puns. Such as the euphemism “great business” and the pun “crown”. This conveys Lady Macbeth to be evil and conniving as it suggests to the audience that she is perhaps sneaky and secretive as she does not directly mention any reference to the gain of power, which will come from the murder of King Duncan. A final way in which monstrosity is portrayed, is through Lady Macbeth’s disturbing comments. For instance, she says “Unsex me here”. This is unnatural as it suggests that she no longer wants to be a woman, which was immoral at that time and so would suggest to the audience that there is something horrific in her

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