Lady Macbeth. What language and dramatic techniques are used in ACT I SCENE V ?
This scene is our first introduction to Lady Macbeth. And she is presented as a ruthless and committed woman who is far more ambitious than her husband. The force of mind and hardness vital for an assassination is shown to come from her. We are also forced to see a comparison between Lady Macbeth and the witches. When she invokes the dark spirits to "unsex me" and "fill me" with "direst cruelty" there is a complete betrayal of humanity and femininity and a colossal abandonment of self to evil. This soliloquy of Lady Macbeth's is full of imperatives ("come", "Fill" etc) gives her speech added urgency and determination. It is interesting to note that when her husband arrives she greets him in the same way as the witches did in Act I scene 3. The messenger announcing the arrival of the king is a nice touch, as it is juxtaposed to Lady Macbeth's plans for him.