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Macbeth Act 2 Scene 2: GCSE English Tuition Bolton Manchester

Macbeth Act 2 Scene 2. LADY MACBETH Who was it that thus cried? Why, worthy thane, You do unbend your noble strength, to think So brainsickly of things. Go get some water, And wash this filthy witness from your hand. Why did you bring these daggers from the place? They must lie there: go carry them; and smear The sleepy grooms with blood. MACBETH I’ll go no more: I am afraid to think what I have done; Look on’t again I dare not. LADY MACBETH 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. If he do bleed, I’ll gild the faces of the grooms withal; For it must seem their guilt. Exit. Knocking within Despite Macbeth’s murder of Duncan, we recognise his greater complexity and depth of character, and see all too clearly in this exchange, the degrading effect of his wife on their relationship.  Her resourcefulness and initiative are presented here as being a seductive, yet reductive aspect of her relationship with her husband. Her apparent skills are revealed to be hollow and lead to the permanent estrangement of the couple, as Macbeth excludes his wife from any more important decisions in the play, perhaps suggesting that he blames his downfall and isolation on the degrading effect of his relationship with Lady Macbeth. This extract explores the dangerous intimacy between Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth. Their relationship is presented powerfully here, as Macbeth
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