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What message do you think Lady Macbeth wants her fainting spell to convey in Macbeth?

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Posted November 27, 2010 at 12:00 AM via web

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What message do you think Lady Macbeth wants her fainting spell to convey in Macbeth?

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shaketeach | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted November 27, 2010 at 6:11 AM (Answer #1)

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Lady Macbeth faints when the death of Duncan is announced by Macduff.  We know that she planned the murder.  By fainting, Lady Macbeth, does what she thinks she should do.  Remember, she asked to be unsexed so she could plan the murder of the king, but since she is a women, she must play the feminine role.

Lady Macbeth also uses the faint to divert attention away from the death of the king and Macbeth's murder of the two guards.  Of course Macbeth kills them so they can't be questioned about the murder of Duncan.

Lady Macbeth knows how to be the "innocent flower". 

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