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Act one, scene five

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English - Act one, scene five continued

Act one, scene five continued

_Lady Macbeth commands the spirits to fill her with cruelty so that she
will be able to carry out the act she has planned. The final image of her
in this speech echoes Macbeth as she calls on darkness so that her crime
may not be seen and heaven not be able to stop her. She tells Macbeth on
his arrival to leave matters to her, that Duncan shall not leave their
castle alive._

This is the first scene in which the audience meets Lady Macbeth. It
begins with her reading a letter from her husband Macbeth, in which he
recounts his meeting with the witches. Lady Macbeth's ambition appears to
be as great as that of Macbeth, as she claims that Macbeth 'IS TOO FULL
O'TH' MILK OF HUMAN KINDNESS' to do what is necessary to acquire the throne
quickly whereas she would not hesitate.

She believes that although Macbeth is ambitious he does not have the evil
in him that she believes is needed to reach his goals. She hastens him
along so that she may 'POUR MINE SPIRITS IN THINE EAR' (line 26) and
corrupt his thinking. Lady Macbeth is determined Duncan will be killed.

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