She enters the story by reading a letter from Macbeth about the witches' prophecies. She immediately begins to think of how Macbeth will get the throne. She decides that she wants Macbeth to murder Duncan. Lady Macbeth realizes that her husband is uneasy about this and decides to use fair is foul to persuade him. She says that he should "look like th' innocent flower, / But be the serpent under 't," (1.6.76-78).
Act 1 Reading Log Scene 1 • Quote analysis : “Fair is foul and foul is fair, hover through the fog and filthy air” (1.1.12-13). This quote by the witches indicates the general atmosphere of the play, which is one of deceit and uncertainty. Acts that alone are terrible are justified many times throughout the play. By ‘hovering through the fog and filthy air”, the witches mean to say they are above the conflicts of men and although Macbeth may not know his fate, they certainly will. • Significance of scene: Sets the general mood of the play as well as foreshadows what is to come.
When Macbeth displays uncertainty regarding the murder of Duncan, Lady Macbeth uses his fear of not adhering to the masculine gender role of being cold-hearted and ambitious and only “when [Macbeth] durst do it, then [he was] a man”. (1.7.56) Upon first glance, it would seem as though Lady Macbeth is strong and powerful. However, Shakespeare uses the downfall of both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to display that women in power are dangerous and corrupt. Due to Lady Macbeth’s coercion into the murder of Duncan, she allows and essentially encourages Macbeth to ravage all of Scotland. Lady Macbeth descends into insanity caused by lack of sleep and guilt.
Shakespeare’s portrayal of Lady Macbeth is distant to the role that a Jacobean audience would be comfortable with women being in. In a time where “the repetition in a woman’s ear/would murder as it fell”; a woman readily savage and merciless caused a disturbance to their ideas of how a woman should behave. This makes Lady Macbeth one of the most striking villains in Shakespeare’s plays. Lady Macbeth’s entrance is her reaction to the letter sent by Macbeth in which he discloses the Witches’ prophecies. In this scene, Shakespeare’s use of diction presents Lady Macbeth as a calculative woman, who holds no qualms in manipulating her husband and chastising his character.
Like RLS he uses his words to show the battle between good and evil. Macbeth struggles inside his mind between murder and waiting, after the witches prophesises. Lady Macbeth regrets the killing and struggles with the horror. Macbeth begins the play as a loyal soldier and reacts strongly to the predictions from the witches, he is in two minds what to do ‘if chance will have my king why chance may crown me’ this shows that he does not know whether to act on the prophesy or not. The people of the era believed in witchcraft in Shakespearian times.
Examine how and to what end Shakespeare has explored the concept of deception “Fair is foul, and foul is fair.” (1.1.11). Deception, deliberately leading someone to believe in something that is not true. The immoral and deceitful actions that one executes, will always come with consequences. Trickery plays a huge role in Shakespeare 's play Macbeth, written in 1606. Main characters such as Lady Macbeth, Macbeth, Duncan, Banquo, the witches and Lennox continuously establish the theme of deception throughout the play.
Look like th’ innocent flower, but be the serpent under ‘t.” (Shakespeare 1.5.?) This means he needs to not show his real thoughts in anything he does. He should put on a facade of a loyal subject, and a family member. The reason for this falseness is to deflect any suspicion that they are plotting an evil deed. Both Macbeth and she should appear as welcoming hosts, when they are actually planning his murder.
In Shakespeare's tragedy, Macbeth, Macbeth was a victim of both free will and fate. One was not more predominant than the other. It seemed as if Macbeth was just following his destiny at first, but he had a chance to change his fate. It was his lust for power that leads him to doom through his own free will. In Act I, the three witches visit Macbeth and Banquo on the heath.
Lady Macbeth is an iconic figure representing a manipulative woman who is intent and dangerously ambitious. Her potential to persuade Macbeth to commit regicide is one that disrupts the social order in the community. At this point, however, Shakespeare’s portrayal of Lady Macbeth takes a pivotal turn and her relationship with Macbeth and her personality alters immensely. This essay analyses the development and downfall of Lady Macbeth’s character in Macbeth. Lady Macbeth had a very strong and manipulative personality at the beginning of the play.
(For example, Mother Sawyer in The Witch of Edmonton is at first abused as a witch merely because, as she complains, 'I am poor, deform 'd and ignorant ' (II. i. 3). But the fact that she is presented sympathetically as a scapegoat—the natural explanation—is not seen as contradicting the fact that she becomes a witch—the supernatural explanation—and therefore presumably 'deserves ' her death.) Nevertheless, the coexistence of those modes suggests that the structural closures that I have been examining do not