GCSE English Literature Macbeth Act 1 Scene 7: Analysis Bolton Manchester English Tuition

LADY MACBETH 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 art in desire? Wouldst thou have that Which thou esteem’st the ornament of life, And live a coward in thine own esteem, Letting I dare not wait upon I would, Like the poor cat i’th’adage? MACBETH Prithee, peace. I dare do all that may become a man; Who dares do more is none.   This extract explores the reaction of Lady Macbeth to her husband’s decision not to kill King Duncan towards the end of Act One. Ironically,   Macbeth’s conscience and integrity, are belittled by his wife as drunken bravado, false posturing and delusion: ‘ was the hope drunk wherein you dressd yourself? ‘ Lady Macbeth’s dismissive tone and language, ‘hope drunk’  use sustained personification to mock Macbeth’s ‘sickly’ change of heart: ‘ it wakes…so green and pale’. Lady Macbeth manipulates her husband’s fear of impotence, and his emotional  dependency on her, through her suggestion that his newborn, moral behaviour is unmanly and feminine: ‘green…pale‘ This is ironic,  as she is taking the masculine position in dominating her husband and this would have disturbed audiences of the time as she has usurped her husband’s role in their marriage ju
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