The changes in Lady Macbeth through the play essays
In thefirst act of Macbeth, from scene one to four, we meet three witches. The three witches make a promise that they will meet with Macbeth. This creates an atmosphere of evil and darkness which is unwelcoming for the audience.
The audience wonders about the witches' part in the play, and why they want to meet Macbeth. Thisfirst scene shows that something evil is about to happen due to the fact that witches are usually included in plays or novels as a source of evil.
In act 1 scene 2 we hear of Macbeth's loyalty and bravery. The other soldiers were complimenting Macbeth on his bravery in times of war.
"Like Valour's minion carved out his passage … till he unseamed him from the nave to th'chaps". The Audience now begins to admire Macbeth and want to know more about him, even though he has not yet appeared on stage. The audience is curious as to why, therefore, the witches want to meet this brave, loyal servant of the king.
In the next scene, act 1 scene 3, Macbeth meets the witches. They then tell Macbeth that he is to be king; but not how or when.
The audience now becomes very curious as to how Macbeth is to be king, as the king has a son. The audience does not even think about Macbeth killing the king as they have seen how loyal he is to the king. Banquo, who was there when the witches spoke to Macbeth, does not believe in fortune telling. Macbeth on the other hand, seems to be very superstitious and by his reaction, we see that he believes in the prophesy. Macbeth sends a letter to his wife, Lady Macbeth, who is then to encourage him to do whatever it takes for him to be king.
Lady Macbeth wishes that she were a man, as she feels she has what it takes to be a great man, if she could remove all her feminine aspects.
"Unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe topfull of direst cruelty"
"Come to my woman's breasts and take my milk for gall"