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Title: Lady Macbeth : Act 1 Scene 5 Character Study

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Transcript of Title: Lady Macbeth : Act 1 Scene 5 Character Study

Title:
Lady Macbeth :
Act 1 Scene 5
Character Study
LO:
1. Understand author's purpose
2. Find and comment on textual evidence
All
Infer what connotations we can take from these representations of Lady Macbeth?
Audience Response:
Is Lady Macbeth a
Moral
or
Immoral
Character?

Apply and Expand
First:
Pick two examples of
textual evidence
from your chart.
Make sure your evidence is ripe with potential for
sophisticated analysis
(
CWA, Inference, Context, etc
)

Then:
Act 1 Scene 5 : Close Analysis
Topic 5
Conclusion
Most
Consider how she fits or does not fit the concept of a renaissance woman.
Some
Consider what effect this may have on the audience's reaction to Lady Macbeth.
ON MINI WHITEBOARDS
In
pairs
, use
your annotations
to gather
textual evidence
proving
both sides
of this debate.

Remember:
You don't need to use large quotations- particular words or phrases can be just as effective as evidence!
Moral
Immoral
1.
2.
3.

1.
2.
3.

Feedback?
All:

Will write a
SQUID paragraph
analysing the way Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth (as
moral or immoral
)
Most:
Will write that paragraph including
specific comment
on
context
and the
role of renaissance women.
Some:
Will write
two contrasting paragraphs
arguing both sides of the Lady Macbeth debate. (Using-
comparative connectives
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
Macbeth
changed?
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
perfectest
report, they have more in
them than
mortal knowledge
. When I
burned in desire

to question them further, they made themselves
air
,
into which they vanished. Whiles I stood
rapt
in
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
thought good
to deliver
thee,
my dearest partner of greatness
, that thou
mightst not lose the dues of
rejoicing
, by being
ignorant of
what greatness is promised thee
. Lay it
to thy
heart
, 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
shalt be
What thou art promised
: yet do I fear thy
nature
;
It is too full o' the
milk of human kindness

To catch the nearest way: thou
wouldst
be great;
Art
not without
ambition, but without
The
illness
should attend it: what thou wouldst
highly
,
That wouldst thou
holily
; 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
;
And
chastise
with the
valour of my tongue

All that impedes thee from the
golden round
,
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.
command
supernatural reference,
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
seductress
LADY MACBETH Give him tending;
He brings great news.


Exit Messenger.


The
raven
himself is hoarse
That croaks the
fatal entrance
of
Duncan

Under
my
battlements.
Come
, you
spirits

That tend on
mortal
thoughts,
unsex me
here,
And
fill me
from the
crown to the toe top
-full
Of
direst cruelty
! make
thick my blood
;
Stop up the
access and passage
to remorse,
That no
compunctious visitings of nature
Shake my
fell
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
supernatural
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
hyperbole
direst cruelty
What does this say about her?
blood thickens,
made stronger
clotting
highlights how unnatural a transformation LM is requesting. what are these visitings of nature?
Come to my woman's breasts,
And take my
milk
for gall, you
murdering ministers
,
Wherever in your
sightless substances

You wait on nature's mischief! Come,
thick night
,
And pall thee in the dunnest
smoke of hell
,
That my
keen knife
see not the wound it makes,

Nor heaven
peep through the
blanket of the dark
,
To cry '
Hold, hold
!'
Enter MACBETH.

Great Glamis! worthy Cawdor!
Greater than both, by the all-hail hereafter!

Thy letters have
transported me beyond

This ignorant present, and I
feel
now
The
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.
LADY MACBETH
O, never

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
; bear
welcome in your eye,
Your hand, your tongue:
look like the innocent flower,
But be the
serpent under't
. He that's coming
Must be
provided
for: and you shall put
This night's
great business into my dispatch
;
Which shall to all our nights and days to come
Give solely
sovereign
sway and
masterdom
.
MACBETH We will speak further.
LADY MACBETH
Only look up clear;
To alter favour ever is to fear:
Leave all the rest to me.

Exeunt

Write a response:

What do we know about Lady Macbeth and Macbeth's relationship? Use proof from the text.
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