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    how is lady macbeth portrayed as powerful in act 1 scene 5?
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    i'm stuck on what to say and it is due tomorrow!!!!!!!!!
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    i'm stuck on what to say and it is due tomorrow!!!!!!!!!
    I would suggest skimming through the scene, picking out different aspects like stage directions, what she says, the relationships she has with the other characters in the scene, what kind of language she uses, etc.
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    it is just the soliloquy
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    This scene in the play is a great one to argue the malevolent, witch-like persona of Lady Macbeth. I've gathered a few quotes for you. The words in bold are the ones that I believe are particularly striking.

    'yet I do fear thy nature // it is too full o' the milk of human kindness'

    'art not without ambition, but without // the illness should attend it'

    ^consider the contemporary and Shakespearean readings of this.

    'I may pour my spirits in thine ear'

    'the raven himself is hoarse'

    'under my battlements'

    'unsex me here'

    'make thick my blood'

    'that no compunctious visitings of nature // shake my fell purpose'

    'come, thick night'

    ^this is probably one of the most powerful quotes and one of my favourite.

    'dunnest smoke of hell'

    'the blanket of darkness'

    'to beguile the time // look like the time'

    'look like the innocent flower // but be the serpent under't'

    You will want to consider the language that Shakespeare uses within this scene - many of the words she uses inhere within Satanic semantics and you want to consider the effect that these have. Remember always that it is Shakespeare who has created this character and Lady Macbeth is not a real person.

    Pick out a few quotes that really interest you and try to evaluate the significance of them. Consider their connotations and what they could mean. Think about what someone else might say about how this portrays Lady Macbeth and then try to come to an ultimate conclusion about which idea is most credible. I hope it helps
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    Thank you very much. This is very helpful!
 
 
 
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