In Shakespeare's Macbeth, how is Lady Macbeth presented in act 1, scene 5, and act 1, scene 7?

Lady Macbeth is presented as willing to support Macbeth in killing Duncan to benefit themselves in act 1, scene 5. She is presented as ruthless and persuasive in act 1, scene 7 when she convinces Macbeth to murder Duncan. In both scenes, Lady Macbeth is portrayed as intelligent and strong-willed. Browse famous quotes by Lady Macbeth.

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Act 1, scene 5:

In this scene, Lady Macbeth first learns of the prophecy of the witches that Macbeth will become king. She is shown in this scene as carefully thinking through her role as a woman and wife. On the one hand, as a woman, she needs to be feminine, which in this period would have meant somewhat passive and subordinate to her husband. She also has a duty of loyalty to her husband and a duty to help her family and husband succeed. She is concerned that Macbeth has a weak character and will vacillate rather than seizing the moment and killing Duncan. Thus even though she knows that killing Duncan is morally wrong and that strength, determination, and persuading Macbeth to act are unfeminine, she also sees doing so as part of her duty to her husband and family, and so she steels herself to act.

Act 1, scene 7:

In this scene, the audience sees Lady Macbeth in dialogue with her husband. As she had anticipated, he is weak-willed and has scruples about killing Duncan. She berates him for his...

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