Macbeth: One Scene Of Compelling Drama

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One of the most compelling scenes dramatically is the scene where Lady Macbeth commits suicide. We see this in act 5, scene 5 when Seyton says ‘’the queen is dead my lord’’. Lady Macbeth, Macbeth’s wife, is a strong female character, more ruthless and more ambitious than her husband. Lady Macbeth fulfils her role among the nobility and the well-respected like Macbeth. King Duncan calls her ‘‘our honoured hostess’’, she is loving to her husband and wants the best for him. Lady Macbeth is highly determined for Macbeth to be king. This will benefit her and Macbeth equally. She is immediately concludes that ‘The fastest way ‘for Macbeth to become king is by murdering King Duncan. Lady Macbeth’s immediate thoughts make her appear irreligiously cold but that changes throughout the play. Lady Macbeth knows her husband well. She thinks he may be to kind in order to murder King Duncan. This is why she represses her conscience so she can later provoke Macbeth into committing the deed. At first Macbeth agrees, but later Macbeth is having second thoughts on his decision. But Lady Macbeth is sure that being king is what Macbeth wants and that this is the best for both of them. So in response to Macbeth’s uncertainty, she manipulates him by questioning his manhood and his love for her. At one point she wishes that she were not a woman so that she could do it herself ‘‘Unsex me here’’…/’’come to my woman’s breasts, and take my milk for gall’. Lady Macbeth manipulates her husband with remarkable effectiveness, overriding all his objections, when he hesitates to murder, she repeatedly questions his manhood until he feels that he must commit murder to prove himself. Lady Macbeth remarkable strength of will persists through the murder of the king, it is she who steadies her husband nerves and convinces him to kill Duncan. ‘‘It is the perfect time and place for you’’, ‘’almost too
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