William Shakespeare's Macbeth

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William Shakespeare's Macbeth Lady Macbeth's role in the events of Shakespeare's play 'Macbeth' is an important one. Without her, it is doubtful that Macbeth would have gone through with the slaying of Duncan, especially in such a cowardly, murderous way that he does. This is shown with Macbeth's continued change of mind about committing the murder. When he speaks with his wife in Act 1, Scene 5, he states. 'We will speak further'. And subsequently in Act 1, Scene 7, 'We will proceed no further in this business….'. At the beginning of the play the Macbeth's relationship is depicted as being one of a loving, caring and understanding marriage. They appear to compliment each other within this, but yet, each brings something different into their marriage. Dame Judi Dench's depiction of Lady Macbeth in Trevor Nunn's 1978 production was one of a more mature, plainer woman, than that of the Polanski adaptation. With little or no makeup, plain hairstyling and dark bland costumes, Trevor Nunn's production further complimented this style with a dimly lit sparse setting, similar in lay out to that of how Shakespeare would have originally portrayed the play on stage . With this format, the audience is drawn more into how and what is being spoken and the facial expressions of the characters, than by being distracted by any 'period' surrounding scenery. This in turn makes Trevor Nunn's, Lady Macbeth as portrayed by Dame Judi Dench a more convincing character, unlike the young, fresh faced, virgin like Lady Macbeth in Polanski's adaptation which included many additional scene's, ... ... middle of paper ... ...f guilt of the murder of Duncan and is furthered by her husbands reluctance to return her affections and include her in his evil scheming. The Macbeth's, as a loving husband and wife partnership, drift apart and their relationship with one another becomes null and void. One of the causes of Lady Macbeth's eventual breakdown appears early within the play, as shown with her soliloquy in Act 2, scene 2, '….Had he not resembled my father as he slept, I had done't….'. Why was she unable to dispatch Duncan herself? Was it because the 'direst cruelty', which she had called up from the spirits, in order to fill her, in Act 1, Scene 5, are now slowly draining from her person. This in turn causing the evil veil she wears, to slip briefly, revealing a glimpse of the 'real woman' that is held deeply hidden within Lady Macbeth.

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