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Lady Macbeth

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Tiffany Farrugia

on 21 March 2013

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Transcript of Lady Macbeth

Exploring Lady Macbeth By Tiffany McDonald, Tiffany Farrugia, George Padeigis,and Robert Kerry Evil
Lady Macbeth Model
Lady Macbeth Dominant Masculinity Takes Over Unwanted Female Abilities Selfish Ambition Self-sacrificing She was willing to do anything for family success. She was not afraid to direct or talk down to Macbeth. At the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth plays a very selfish role by 1.) Wanting to kill King Duncan not only for the good of Macbeth but herself to become royalty 2.) The refusal to conceiving a child because it would get in the way of stealing the throne. Thanes Lady Macbeth's Fate Timeline -Lady Macbeth begins the play as a very strong-willed woman who has stereotypical male traits.
-She is extremely power hungry and is willing to harm anyone standing in her path to royalty.
-As soon as the idea that her husband Macbeth could potentially become king, she immediately takes the lead role in plotting against Duncan. unlike Macbeth she does not get stronger as the play progresses; instead she shifts into the typical role of a woman, showing signs of weakness and fear.
Macbeth plans the murder of Banquo and his son, leaving her completely out of it, he does not even tell her any part of the plan.
She sees that Macbeth's ambitions are growing too quickly and she begins to fear his capabilities .
Further into the play, after Macbeth murders Lady Macduff and her son, she becomes even more fearful and is forced into a guilt driven madness due to all of the acts that both Macbeth and herself have committed. What Lady Macbeth's Fate Says About Her How is Lady Macbeth a model woman? Lady Macbeth is a model woman because she exemplifies these 4 characteristics:: She was equivalent to her husband Macbeth. Inspiring Lady Macbeth was given the full detailed letter of everything that happened to Macbeth, suggesting he cares about what she has to say and that he values her oppinion. (I.v.1-12) “Thus thou must do, if thou have it; [...]” (I.v.22) Lady Macbeth blatantly says: Emotionally Strong She helps Macbeth complete and finish tasks he cannot. “I’ll go no more.
I am afraid to think what I have done.
Look on it again I dare not.”
(II.ii.60-62) “Infirm of purpose!
Give me the daggers .The sleeping and the dead Are but as pictures. [...]”
(II.ii.63-64) Macbeth said: Lady Macbeth said: “Was the hope drunk
Wherein you dressed yourself? Hath it slept since?
And wakes it now, to look so green and pale”
(I.vii.38-40) Lady Macbeth boldly said: "When you durst do it, then you were a man" (I.vii.49) At this point of the play Macbeth is week and unwilling to kill Duncan. Lady Macbeth finishes off the deed, killing Duncan and making the Macbeth's royalty.
She is showing masculine traits while Macbeth is showing the stereotypical feminine traits of being week.
At this point she is showing her power and fearless traits by killing Duncan. Lady Macbeth commits suicide because she can no longer deal with the burden of murdering people.
She does not want people to know how they got power. This is lady Macbeth's fate or final destiny. Lady Macbeth is so mortified of her murder she begins to sleepwalk dreaming of washing her bloody hands.
Her fate is starting to lead to death because she has gone crazy at this point Introduction Rising Action Climax Falling Action End of Fate Lady Macbeth has gone mad and commits suicide, which is her fate Fate=someone’s destiny; something that happens that can be controlled or is uncontrollable that usually finishes of a person’s life, or reaches a personal goal. Lady macbeth's fate demonstrates that she is... very weak
and naive II.ii.14-15. She says, “Had he not resembled my father as he slept, I had done it.”
She is giving an excuse for not killing Duncan herself.
Fears Macbeth Weakness Guilty Naive "Here’s the smell of the blood still. All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Oh, Oh, Oh!" V.I.43-45 -Guilty of evil deeds Wishes to be unsexed to do evil deeds "I.V.43-45 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”. Lady Macbeth does not hold back with her control
over her husband 1.) Questions his manhood by manipulation
2.) Hopes for violence and not peace
3.) Wished upon killing Duncan herself Through the play, we get a look at Lady Macbeths failures to being a good woman, these can all be shown through the following: How is Lady Macbeth a failure to being a woman? Lady Macbeth wishes to be taken away from all female abilities As a woman in this particular year, your 'job' is too reproduce. Failure to following 'procedure', Lady Macbeth forbids conceiving children as long as she lives. In Act 1 Scene 5 Line 43-46 Lady Macbeth wishes away her female capabilities "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!" (I.v.44-46) All in all, Lady Macbeth was a great character to show what a failure to a woman is. Lady Macbeth's Failures Successes & Influential to Macbeth, and therefore the plot as a whole
Dies out as the play progresses Quick L. Macbeth Overview Early On... Later On... -Presence is strongest

-Unorthodox relationship with Macbeth

-Cruel, dominant, powerful -Presence diminishes

-Submissive, weak, unhappy

-Macbeth is stronger in the marriage Lady Macbeth Character Development Timeline 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 crowned withal.
(Macbeth I.v.24-30) 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!
(Macbeth I.v.43-46) Was the hope drunk
Wherein you dressed yourself? Hath it slept since?
And wakes it now, to look so green and pale
At what it did so freely? From this time
Such I account thy love. Art thou afeard
To be the same in thine own act and valour
As thou esteemest the ornament of life
And live a coward in thine own esteem
(Macbeth I.vii.38-46) 1 2 3 Had he not resembled
My father as he slept, I had done it.
(Macbeth II.ii.14-15) I have given and know
How tender ‘tis to love the babe that milks me.
I would, while it was smiling in my face,
Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums
And dashed the brains out had I so sworn
As you have done to this.
(Macbeth I.vii.59-64) 4 5 6 Infirm of purpose!
Give me the daggers. The sleeping and the dead
Are but as pictures. ‘Tis the eye of childhood
That fears a painted devil.
(Macbeth II.ii.63-66) 7 My hands are of your colour, but I shame
To wear a heart so white.
(Macbeth II.ii.76-77) 8 Nought’s had, all’s spent,
Where our desire is got without content.
‘Tis safer to be that which we destroy
Than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy.
(Macbeth III.ii.6-9) 9 (Macbeth V.i.30-34,36-38,43-44,54-56,58-60) 10 The Queen, my lord, is dead.
(Macbeth V.v.18) Boasts about her influence over Macbeth
Optimistic that she will be Queen
Sees herself as powerful Asks to lose her feminine aspects
Wants to be evil
Displays her character
Masculinity displayed Dominance over Macbeth
Strength, control, aggression
Successfully dominates the relationship Displays cruelty, heartlessness
Pressures Macbeth
Display of power Humane comment
First demonstration of a weak quality
A failure since she cannot kill the King Once again insults Macbeth
Still very aggressive and dominant
Reaching the peak of her presence Displays no guilt or remorse
Insults Macbeth for having guilt
Continues to develop her heartless and cruel character
Development Peaks
Success, she is able to suppress her conscience
Success, they have killed the King
Success, eventually crowned Queen Transition in her character
Weak, remorseful, guilty
Fails to find happiness in her actions
Beginning of her demise
Failure, she catches feelings
Introduces her weak and passive qualities She has gone crazy, no control
No longer the dominant wife
Guilt is evident
Confesses to her crimes
Failure, all she achieved is lost
Emphasis on her weak, submissive qualities Informs us of Lady Macbeth's death
Failure, she cannot overcome the guilt
The result of her shortcomings
Ends as a weak character that has little influence over the plot Successes Powerful character early on, unusual role for women in this time frame
Frame Duncan's guards, avoiding persecution
She becomes the Queen of Scotland, as a result of Duncan's murder
Covers for Macbeth’s shortcomings
Avoids the consequences of killing Duncan Failures Weakens as the plot unfolds and as Macbeth acts impulsively and independently
She could not kill Duncan herself
She cannot find happiness through her actions
She displays her weaknesses
Commits suicide Overview Segment Conclusion A strong character that loses power as the story unfolds
In many ways a victim of the tragedy
Her failures and successes contribute to her ultimate fate
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