English - Act five, scene one
Act five, scene one
_Lady Macbeth is becoming increasingly disturbed by events and she
imagines she will never wipe the blood from her hands_
READ ALONG WHILE LISTENING AND SCROLL OVER THE HIGHLIGHTED WORDS
Out, damned spot! Out, I say! - One;
two, why then 'tis time to do't - -Hell is murky! -
A soldier and ? - What need we
fear who knows it, when none can call our power to
account? - Yet who would have thought the old man to
have had so much blood in him?
(Act 5, Sc 1, 34-39)
1. What is Lady Macbeth confessing?
2. What does this speech reveal about Lady Macbeth?
3. What is the reaction of the witnesses to her proclamation?
This is the first time we have seen Lady Macbeth since the banquet scene
and here her guilt at the murder is apparent. A gentlewoman reports her
sleepwalking and exhibitions of compulsive behaviour to the Doctor. From
her speech and actions it is evident to the Doctor and the gentlewoman that
Lady Macbeth has been witness to 'unnatural' acts.
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