Macbeth meets three witches who prophesied and told him that he would be the thane of Cawdor, and Thane of Cawdor and as the future king of Scotland, "All hail Macbeth thou shalt be king hereafter!" and banquo's sons would be king but he wouldn’t. He believes that the witches’ prophecies will come true. He writes a letter to he’s wife lady Macbeth in which he mentions his meeting with the witches.
In this scene, Lady Macbeth comes across as a brutal, power-hungry, cunning, and physically powerful woman. There is evidence of this in her famous speech which she recites, whilst alone, before her husband’s arrival. The use of exclamation marks in the noun phrases highlights Lady Macbeth’s violent character and her power hungry nature, ‘direst cruelty!’, ‘nature’s mischief!’. The height of her brutality is further expressed through alliteration ‘murder ministers’ and ‘sightless substances’. Both of these noun phrases suggest that Lady Macbeth is an ambitious woman who is determined to get her way, and also shows us that she sees herself superior to others. The Application of words related to darkness and pain have been used: ‘think night’, ‘smoke’, ‘hell’, ‘knife’, ‘wound’, ‘dark’which further adds to the cruel image of Lady Macbeth.
Lady Macbeth is extremely manipulative in this scene when trying to make Macbeth see things her way. She addresses her husband using the noun phrases ‘Great Glamis! Worthy Cawdor!’ The adjectives ‘great’ and ‘worthy’ are used to praise Macbeth and this praise will lead him to follow Lady Macbeth’s further orders. In Macbeth’s reply of ‘dearest love’, the ‘dearest’ used by Macbeth shows the audience and reader that Lady Macbeth already has him in her grasp and shows us that her sly techniques have been effective, strengthening the image of her as a cunning character.
The simile used in the command ‘look like the innocent flower’ and the metaphor used in ‘but be the serpent under’t’ gives us an insight to Lady Macbeth’s devious mind and...