assigment: interview with lady macbeth and do a psychoanalysis to find out whats troubling her. what would be good questions and responses.
This sounds like a great assignment! All of the previous responders' questions for Lady Macbeth are wonderful, but I think it is important to factor in when the psychoanalysis occurs. Without knowing how much leeway you have in this assignment, it would be interesting if Lady Macbeth could "sit" for three "therapy" sessions - Act 1, Act 3, and Act 5.
Throughout each of the acts, the therapist could build on his/her knowledge to delve deeper into Lady Macbeth's psyche. For example, asking Lady Macbeth whether or not she feels guilty about King Duncan's murder in the first session would be ludicrous; however, establishing her relationship with her father in the first session may be very interesting, being that she does not kill Duncan herself because he resembles her father as he sleeps. Progressively, I would question the relationship between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth, whether or not she feels that he is an inferior husband (questioning his manliness), and perhaps exploring her trust issues (promise keeping).
I would ask Lady Macbeth why she feels she must obsessively wash her hands. I would ask her if she feels like a man in having been involved in Duncan's murder. As well, I would also ask her if she actually sleeps since the Gentlewoman witnesses Lady Macbeth walking about in her sleep. I would also like to know if she feels empathy for the characters who were murdered by Macbeth or his hired crew.
I would ask her why she still protects her husband even though he has shut her out of the plans (speaking of the banquet when Lady Macbeth asks all the guests to leave). What does she think he might say/do? Does she think that Macbeth might blame her for King Duncan's murder in front of all the guests?
Oh my, oh my. I would ask Lady Macbeth why she felt her husband so deserving of the throne. I would ask why she felt her husband could not decide the course of his life himself. I would ask why she felt their worth and value as people depended upon wearing the crown.
First of all I would ask Lady Macbeth why she was okay with killing Duncan, but not with killing Banquo and Macduff's family. I would want her to articulate her feelings and thoughts and clearly understand what is going on in her mind.
Just for fun, though, I'd ask her if she thinks they would have gotten away with it if her husband hadn't shut her out and started making decisions on his own.