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Title: Lady Macbeth : Act 1 Scene 5 Character Study
Transcript of Title: Lady Macbeth : Act 1 Scene 5 Character Study
Lady Macbeth :
Act 1 Scene 5
1. Understand author's purpose
2. Find and comment on textual evidence
Infer what connotations we can take from these representations of Lady Macbeth?
Is Lady Macbeth a
Apply and Expand
Pick two examples of
from your chart.
Make sure your evidence is ripe with potential for
CWA, Inference, Context, etc
Act 1 Scene 5 : Close Analysis
Consider how she fits or does not fit the concept of a renaissance woman.
Consider what effect this may have on the audience's reaction to Lady Macbeth.
ON MINI WHITEBOARDS
of this debate.
You don't need to use large quotations- particular words or phrases can be just as effective as evidence!
Will write a
analysing the way Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth (as
moral or immoral
Will write that paragraph including
role of renaissance women.
two contrasting paragraphs
arguing both sides of the Lady Macbeth debate. (Using-
to guide your writing ie.
Whereas, However, On the other hand... etc
Starter: Watch this scene performed. Based on our first reading of this scene, how has our perception of
Write a brief response in your book.
ACT I SCENE V Inverness. Macbeth's castle.
Enter LADY MACBETH, reading a letter
LADY MACBETH 'They met me in the day of success: and I have
learned by the
report, they have more in
. When I
burned in desire
to question them further, they made themselves
into which they vanished. Whiles I stood
the wonder of it, came missives from the king, who
all-hailed me 'Thane of Cawdor;' by which title,
before, these weird sisters saluted me, and referred
me to the coming on of time, with 'Hail, king that
shalt be!' This have I
my dearest partner of greatness
, that thou
mightst not lose the dues of
, by being
what greatness is promised thee
. Lay it
, and farewell.
Macbeth's esteem for the witches grows
recognizing their supernatural status
passionate / sexual language
primal- elemental connotations to fire. Fire can be life giving, as well as destructive.
repetition of the word "rapt"
recognizes his entrancement with this knowledge
Macbeth's thoughts have gone directly to consider his wife's needs.
Macbeth's co-dependancy w/ his wife is clear immediately. We can read this two ways- my dearest partner of greatness as a shared role- they are partners in greatness, or as a compliment only to Lady Macbeth, who is his great partner.
McB is counting his chickens
before they have hatched
the implication is that there
are no barriers between them
they are like one. Two halves of a whole.
Or even that he is in some ways a servant to her.
Love is at the
core of his relationship
to his wife.
Glamis thou art, and Cawdor; and
What thou art promised
: yet do I fear thy
It is too full o' the
milk of human kindness
To catch the nearest way: thou
ambition, but without
should attend it: what thou wouldst
That wouldst thou
; wouldst not play false,
And yet wouldst wrongly win: thou'ldst have, great Glamis,
That which cries 'Thus thou must do, if thou have it;
And that which rather thou dost fear to do
Than wishest should be undone.'
Hie thee hither
That I may
pour my spirits in thine ear
valour of my tongue
All that impedes thee from the
Which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem
To have thee crown'd withal.
LM has no hesitation believing the witches, and no moral qualms about their prophecy.
thy nature = the most core part of MB. While he reveres her she immediately seems to doubt him.
milk is a base, it has a calming effect, it sooths and is used to reduce inflammation. Fire is associated with ambition, power, etc. She feels he is not firey enough to follow through. This could be linked to her emasculating of Macbeth that becomes a major theme. Milk is something created by females- a milky complexion signifies beauty and frailty- not things we associate with MB.
she cuts him down with these qualifying words- he is not great, he is not ambitious- she has to quantify those qualities. Does this mean she doesn't respect Macbeth?
the implication here is that she does have this illness within her. The language also shows that she is aware that this is a bad thing, a poison, something that harms the person who has it- but it still has a purpose. she is willing to live with that making her a ruthless individual.
pour = connotations of liquid
it is an active verb, she will do
something TO MB.
Spirits = Alcohol - modified judgement
power differential between
MB and LM
religious imagery? A halo?
sexual imagery, LM as a
LADY MACBETH Give him tending;
He brings great news.
himself is hoarse
That croaks the
That tend on
crown to the toe top
thick my blood
Stop up the
access and passage
compunctious visitings of nature
purpose, nor keep peace between
The effect and it!
the raven is a messenger of bad news- supernatural
influence, could be a familiar. The raven is a carrion eater- found on the battlefield.
Whoa there crazy. She's leapt directly to talking openly about Duncan's death. She also has dropped his official title- her ambition is immense, it could also potentially make her reckless. She lacks respect for the order of things.
personal ownership of the battlements, the castle is really MB's and in a way Duncan's this tells us much about her self image.
command, not an appeal
distinction between herself and the spntl
to take her sex, her femininity away. Will she be ungendered? Will she be more manly? Why does she want this? How does this help her achieve a goal. Why can't she achieve that goal "sexed" as she is?
this dramatic and superlative language-
she wants to be consumed/is consumed by her purpose. The crown could be an allusion to her own self perception as a queen. She is making herself vunerable
What does this say about her?
highlights how unnatural a transformation LM is requesting. what are these visitings of nature?
Come to my woman's breasts,
And take my
for gall, you
Wherever in your
You wait on nature's mischief! Come,
And pall thee in the dunnest
smoke of hell
see not the wound it makes,
peep through the
blanket of the dark
To cry '
Great Glamis! worthy Cawdor!
Greater than both, by the all-hail hereafter!
Thy letters have
transported me beyond
This ignorant present, and I
future in the instant
MACBETH My dearest love,
Duncan comes here to-night.
LADY MACBETH And when goes hence?
MACBETH To-morrow, as he purposes.
Shall sun that morrow see!
Your face, my thane, is as a book where men
May read strange matters. To
beguile the time
Look like the time
welcome in your eye,
Your hand, your tongue:
look like the innocent flower,
But be the
. He that's coming
for: and you shall put
great business into my dispatch
Which shall to all our nights and days to come
MACBETH We will speak further.
Only look up clear;
To alter favour ever is to fear:
Leave all the rest to me.
Write a response:
What do we know about Lady Macbeth and Macbeth's relationship? Use proof from the text.