Lady Macbeth

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Lady Macbeth by Mind Map: Lady Macbeth

1. she says he cannot love her or he would do it

2. Overly Ambitious

2.1. "Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way:"

2.1.1. macbeth wants the crown, but is afraid to take appropriate actions to achieve it

2.1.2. the use of the word 'too' suggests she thinks kindness is bad

2.1.3. Act 1, Scene 5

2.1.4. Lady macbeth thinks he is too kind 'too full of human milk'

2.2. Spoke directly to Macbeth, ordered him around

2.3. Selfish

2.3.1. Wanting to kill duncan so she could become queen and have power

2.3.2. refused to have a child so it wouldnt hinder her getting the throne

3. Masculine

3.1. has stereotypical male traits

3.1.1. power hungry

3.1.2. willing to harm anyone in the way of her plan (king)

3.2. Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here

3.2.1. She wants to become a man to have more power

3.2.2. women were considered to be weak, maternal and kind, none of which she wanted to be

3.2.3. Act 1, Scene 5

4. At the start of the play, she is seen as ruthlessly ambitious, manipulative and powerful

5. over the play, she becomes increasingly guilty and loses her power

6. at the end of the play, she commits sauicide and her abscence from the play symbolises she is powerless.

7. Powerful

7.1. "Under my battlements"

7.1.1. showing she believes it is HER castle - going agaisnt stereotype

7.1.2. delusional from the prospect of power

7.1.3. personal pronoun

7.1.4. Act 1, Scene 5

8. Manipulative

8.1. "When you durst do it, then you were a man"

8.1.1. He was only masculine when he was going to kill the king - offensive

8.1.2. Act 1, Scene 7

8.2. Lady Macbeth persuaded Macbeth to kill the king

8.2.1. She uses her influence over him to manipulate him into doing it

8.2.2. attacks his masculinity by calling him a coward - very offensive

9. Evil

9.1. "Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums And dashed the brains out"

9.1.1. Act 1, Scene 7

9.1.2. She would have killed a baby to show her power - unmaternal

9.2. "Come to my woman’s breasts, And take my milk for gall, you murd’ring ministers"

9.2.1. links to not wanting to be a women, turning her milk to poison.

9.2.2. Act 5, Scene 1

9.2.3. she doesnt want to be a mother

9.3. When Lady macbeth uses the word 'double', it shows she is linked to the witches

9.3.1. The word double is used repeated in one of their spells

10. Dominating

10.1. 'Give me the daggers'

10.1.1. imperative verb 'give' shows she is in control, and is calm about the situation

10.1.2. Act 2, Scene 2

10.2. Lady Macbeth clearly dominates the relationship, especially after Duncan's death

10.2.1. After the murder macbeth is too scared to take the daggers back, so lady macbeth does it herself

11. Vulnerable

11.1. Towards the end of the play, her weakness begins to show

11.1.1. "Had he not resembled My father as he slept, I had done ’t."

11.1.1.1. Act 2, Scene 2

11.1.1.2. lady macbeth was unable to murder duncan as he looked like her father as he slept

11.1.1.3. this shows she is capable of showing love and kindness, stereotypically female traits. previously, she rejected all female traits

11.1.1.4. for the first time, she reveals compassion, suggesting she hasnt been able to crush all her kindness

12. Guilt

12.1. at the end of the play, lady macbeth is driven mad by guilt

12.1.1. this manifests through sleepwalking and hallucinations

12.2. she imagines she is washing blood of her clean hands

12.2.1. "Out, damned spot! out, I say!"

12.2.2. Act 5, Scene 1

12.2.3. jacobean sociaety considered sleepwalking unnatural, and was seen as a sign of madness

12.2.4. blood is a motif to symbolise guilt

12.2.5. washing her hands could suggest she regrets her actions

13. Prose

13.1. In act 5, lady macbeth speaks in prose

13.1.1. also characters who are 'mad' speak in prose

13.1.2. in shakespearean plays, characters with a low status speak or prose.

13.2. "Out, damned spot! Out, I say! —One, two. Why, then, ’tis time to do ’t. Hell is murky! —Fie, my lord, fie! A soldier, and afeard?"

13.2.1. Act 5, Scene 1

13.2.2. her speaking in prose contrasts from her power and domination. could show weakness