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What is Lady Macbeth really thinking in Act2 Scene2?Thought track Lady Macbeth,  What...

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kt1998 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 22, 2012 at 9:51 AM via web

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What is Lady Macbeth really thinking in Act2 Scene2?

Thought track Lady Macbeth,  What she thinks and what she can show don't tally.  She cannot show Macbeth how she really feels.  What does she feel?

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bigmama97 | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted September 25, 2012 at 9:08 AM (Answer #1)

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in act 2 scene 2, we see a different side to lady macbeth. "that which hath made them drunk hath made me bold" this indicates that she has consumed liquor to equip herself with the courage to face this murder. she is afterall not that strong and needs wine to boost her determination to commit the act. her tone is kind of jumpy as she is nervous for the crime too. she herself is not confident of the whole murder and is thus anxious and paranoid. she shows a gentle side of her when she says "had he not resembled my father as he slept, i had done it." this indicates that she is not as callous as she seemed in the previous scene and cannot put herself to kill her own father. of course, others might think that she herself don't have the guts to commit the murder and thus is finding excuse for it.  however, after macbeth finished the murder, she has to hide all this emotions from him as he needs a strong supporter to look up to and encourage him. or else he wouldn't have commit the act. thus lady macbeth have to appear as strong and confident in front of macbeth.

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