Macbeth Act 2 Scene 2

Infirm of purpose!
Give me the daggers.
To wear a heart so white.
So poorly in your thoughts.
‘Tis the eye of childhood, that fears a painted devil.
These five strong quotes from Lady Macbeth talking to Macbeth in Macbeth Act 2 Scene 2 shows the audience that Lady Macbeth is in control of Macbeth and that is a very strong character. She is bossing Macbeth and this makes her the stronger character. This is ironic because men are stereotypically meant stronger than women which in this case works very well. To make herself more powerful, she uses short, sharp sentences which define her point. Finally she uses exclamation marks to show she is angry and frustrated with her ‘weak’ husband.

One Response to “Macbeth Act 2 Scene 2”

  • jnorth Says:


    These are fair quotations, with some justification – I can’t help but think that your analysis would be clearer with a topic sentence and some justification for each paragraph individually. Which of these quotations do you feel is the most significant? I quite like the last one – it really shows a focus on how LM belittles Macbeth by challenging his masculinity and calling him a child.

    1) Re-read your work and tally how many times you have used the words ‘strong’ or ‘stronger’. You have an impressive vocabulary; re-read and edit.
    2) You begin to analyse grammar at the end of your paragraph, but only fleetingly. I know you can do more. If you are stuck, focus on how the grammar might help to show the actor how each line should be delivered and how this might indicate tone and emotion.