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The character of Lady Macbeth

The banquet (Act 3, Scene 4)

How does this scene show Lady Macbeth becoming isolated from Macbeth?

This scene is a turning point in the play because it marks the point where Lady Macbeth loses touch with Macbeth. Follow her reactions during the scene.

  • Her persuasion no longer works on him. She scolds him in the same way as before the murder, but this time it's different. She doesn't really know what's wrong - she can't see the ghost.
  • She cannot understand Macbeth's faith in the supernatural. She always looks for natural ways of putting things right. While he prepares for more killing, she looks for simple, natural ways of coping - a little water, sleep.
  • Lady Macbeth is still concerned that they act, and cope, as a couple. This is important. Remember she can only really have power through her husband. She has no power of her own. So her main worry is that the guests see them as man and wife, king and queen.

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A Lady Macbeth actress.

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Video clip - an actress talks about different ways to portray Lady Macbeth's character

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Scene from Macbeth.

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Video clip - how historical context should affect our interpretations of Lady Macbeth

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