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Lady Macbeth Speech Act 1 Scene 7

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alyse redden

on 4 December 2013

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Transcript of Lady Macbeth Speech Act 1 Scene 7

Action:
Macbeth has recently told Lady Macbeth that he can not go through with the plan to kill Duncan. Lady Macbeth is rebuttling and questioning why Macbeth made the offer if he wasn’t going to go through with it. She says that if she had promised to do something as extreme as killing her own child,she would go through with it.

Key Words
-"beast" (metaphor)
-"then you were a man"
-"while it was smiling in my face have pluck’d my nipple from his boneless gums and dash’d the brains out, had I so sworn." (imagery)

These words explain the context and the extremity of the murder at stake. Words like these help set the tone for this speech which is accusing/questioning. They also draw a fine line between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth. Lady Macbeth is portrayed as the accuser and the manipulator. Macbeth is portrayed as less than a man and inferior to Lady Macbeth.

Characters
Lady Macbeth is the manipulator in this speech while Macbeth is the Manipulated. She uses rhetorical questions and detailed imagery to persuade Macbeth into going through with killing Duncan. Next, Lady Macbeth degrades Macbeth as a source of manipulation. She refers to Macbeth as less than a man if he does not go through with the murder. She also claims that his nerves have taken him over. Macbeth has the ambition to complete this crime but is too nervous (kind) to do so.


Speech Analysis


Lady Macbeth Speech Act 1 Scene 7
What beast was’t then that made you break this enterprise to me? When you durst do it, then you were a man. and to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man. Nor time, nor place did then adhere, and yet you would make both. They have made themselves and that their fitness now does unmake you. I have given suck and know how tender ‘tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, have pluck’d my nipple from his boneless gums and dash’d the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done to this.







Questions
Will Macbeth be persuaded by Lady Macbeth?

How much influence and manipulation does she have on him?

Is Lady Macbeth’s ambition pure or evil?

"I have given suck and know how tender ‘tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, have pluck’d my nipple from his boneless gums and dash’d the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done to this."



What beast was’t then that made you break this enterprise to me?
When you durst do it, then you were a man.

Here, Lady Macbeth degrades him by claiming that he is not a man if he does not go through with this action.

By: Alyse Redden
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