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1

'The blanket of the dark'

A1,S5 - Lady Macbeth's Soliloquy
Metaphor
Wants to be in darkness - calling upon the supernatural

2

'Murd'ring ministers'

A1,S5 - Lady Macbeth's Soliloquy
Alliteration - adds to violent, grotesque imagery
Powerful, wants to be evil

3

'Unsex me here and fill me from the crown to the toe topfull of direst cruelty'

A1,S5 - Lady Macbeth's Soliloquay
Calling upon the supernatural - links with The Witches
Metaphorical language
Wants to do bad, immoral things - untypical Jacobean woman

4

'Look like th'innocent flower, but be the serpent under't'

A1,S5 - Lady Macbeth manipulating and taking control over Macbeth - not a typical Jacobean woman
Simile - 'like th'innocent flower'

5

'Was the hope drunk wherein you dressed yourself?'

A1, S7 - Lady Macbeth speaking to and manipulating Macbeth
Questioning his masculinity - links with The Witches
Suggestion Macbeth is weak and that Lady Macbeth is the driving force

6

'But screw your courage to the sticking place'

A1, S7 - Lady Macbeth manipulating Macbeth into murdering King Duncan - showing Macbeth is courageous but not strong enough to kill the King

7

'Are you a man?'

A1,S7 - Lady Macbeth questioning Macbeth's manliness, repeatedly asking questions like The Witches
Suggesting Lady Macbeth is more powerful than Macbeth - both are not typical Jacobean characters

8

'To bed, to bed, to bed'

A5, S1 - Lady Macbeth
Repetition - like The Witches, something is wrong
Foreshadows her death and her downwards spiral of weakness
Bed - darkness, nighttime

9

'All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand'

A5, S1 - Lady Macbeth
Hand is impure - taking responsibility for what has happened, murdering of Duncan, Banquo etc
Nothing can be done - finally seeing consequences for what she has manipulated her husband into doing

10

'The Thane of Fife had a wife'

A5,S1 - Lady Macbeth
Rhyming like The Witches - spell like incantations, suggests something is wrong

11

'Out, damned spot! Out I say!'

A5, S1 - Lady Macbeth
Seeing blood on her hands - irony ('a little blood clears us of this deed' A2,S2)
Shows something is wrong - not her normal behaviour

12

'Give me the daggers'

A2, S2 - Lady Macbeth dominating and being more powerful than Macbeth
Commanding for the daggers - implies she is going to do something immorally wrong

13

'Tis the eye of childhood that fears a painted devil'

A2, S2 - Lady Macbeth
Metaphor - those who are weak and childlike are scared
Suggests that Macbeth is weak and childish - needs to grow up and mature so he can murder Duncan

14

'Unnatural deeds do breed unnatural troubles'

A5, S1 - Doctor
Implies that something is wrong with Lady Macbeth - she has assisted in committing unnatural deeds (murders) so now there are unnatural troubles

15

'She has light by her continually'

A5, S1 - Gentlewoman
Lady Macbeth no longer wishes to be in darkness - contrasting to A1, S5 ('blanket of the dark')
Realisation she has done wrong