Quote and explain 2 lines of Lady Macbeth's speech in the first 15 lines of Act 2 Scene 2 in Macbeth.Quotations should reveal that she does have moments of real emotion, even moments of...

 

Quote and explain 2 lines of Lady Macbeth's speech in the first 15 lines of Act 2 Scene 2 in Macbeth.

Quotations should reveal that she does have moments of real emotion, even moments of weakness.

 

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teachertaylor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

At the beginning of Act 2 Scene 2, Lady Macbeth is waiting to hear whether or not Macbeth has been able to go through with their plan of murdering King Duncan.  Lady Macbeth has fulfilled all her parts of the murder scheme--she has drugged the guards and laid their knives in proper position to make them look guilty.  At the beginning of Scene 2, she is afraid that things have not gone as planned and that maybe the guards have awakened or that Macbeth could not find the knives.  She is emotional here because she shows her fear that things have not gone as planned.  Further, Lady Macbeth shows her weakness when she says that she could not have done the actual murder herself for King Duncan reminds her of her own father:  "Had he not resembled my father as he slept, I had done't" (II.ii.12-13).

shakespeareguru eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There is also the line she has to Macbeth when he enters after committing the murder and cannot stop recounting what has happened and what he has just done:

These deeds must not be thought

After these ways; so it will make us mad.

This line doesn't give away that Lady Macbeth is capable of remorse directly, but it certainly foreshadows the fact that, ultimately, Macbeth will begin to move away from human feeling in relation to the murders he has committed, and Lady Macbeth will find her mind unhinged as she incessantly sleepwalks to relive the attempt to wash her hands clean of the blood of Duncan.

So, I would say that this line gives away much the vulnerability and weakness that is come out later in Lady Macbeth.