Can I have some suggestions on writing a monologue on the gentlewoman of Macbeth.Also it has to include why Lady Macbeth is losing her mind, how it will affect the gentlewoman, and what other...

Can I have some suggestions on writing a monologue on the gentlewoman of Macbeth.

Also it has to include why Lady Macbeth is losing her mind, how it will affect the gentlewoman, and what other characters have been affected.

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mstultz72 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Gentlewoman in Act V speaks in prose, not poetry, so the monologue need not be adorned with poetic language or conform to meter or sound devices.

Some insights into the Gentlewoman's character:

  • She has been the solitary witness to Lady M's behavior.  She is lonely and needs to cooroborate the behavior so she can alley her fears.

Neither to you nor any one; having no witness to
confirm my speech.

  • She associates Lady M's sleepwalking with letter writing.

I have seen
her rise from her bed, throw her night-gown upon
her, unlock her closet, take forth paper, fold it,
write upon't, read it, afterwards seal it, and again
return to bed; yet all this while in a most fast sleep.

  • She is religious; she uses heavenly imagery.

She has spoke what she should not, I am sure of that: heaven knows what she has known."

  • She focuses on the body.  She uses body/mind/soul imagery:

I would not have such a heart in my bosom for the
dignity of the whole body.

  • She focuses almost entirely on Lady Macbeth, not herself; she seems very faithful in her duty toward her majesty