Lady Macbeth Rationale Analysis

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This written task is linked to part 4 and based on the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare. In the play, Lady Macbeth is depicted as cold and unfeeling. By having her write to someone she trusts about someone she loves, a more human side of Lady Macbeth is shown. The task consists of one side of a letter-exchange between Lady Macbeth and another person. The letters are directed to Anne, Macbeth’s sister. Anne is not an actual character in the play, but was created to be an outsider to the absurdities of Lady Macbeth’s life. By how Lady Macbeth addresses Macbeth in her letter, one can see that she is not entirely willing to take the blame for anything bad he does, for whenever a sentence implies a negative development, he is addressed as ‘your brother’, rather than ‘my husband’. Her sister-in-law is of course of equal status. The letters are private and only meant to be read by the person they are send to. Therefore the writing is casual.
The first letter discusses the events in act 1, while the second letter skips to the events in act 3. In this way the task intends to explore the development of several major themes, like the corruption of power and the dangers of unchecked ambition through the eyes of Lady Macbeth. The letters do not, however, show Lady Macbeth’s spiral into madness, but have her discuss the lunacy of
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Your brother has survived the battle and will now reside with the king before returning home to me. If only those Irish got a better shot at Duncan. You know I find his ever present tranquillity insufferable and deem him unworthy of kingship. He is a much too gentle ruler. Even Macbeth would be better. It is a wonder to me that he remains as beloved a king as he is. He has, however at last done something right. The traitorous thane of Cawdor has been put to death and Duncan has so benevolently bestowed the title on Macbeth. My husband is now thane of both Glamis and

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