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Analysis of Act 5 scene 1 The Sleepwalking Scene Performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company 1978 Produced by Trevor Nunn Featuring Judi Dench as Lady Macbeth In this scene the stage is set with a black background to create an eerie atmosphere for the viewers Everyone is dressed in black which creates the impression of evil and darkness being present in this scene With the exception of course of the nun gentlewoman who has white on the headpiece of her Abbott hinting that she has goodness in her This completely contrasts with Lady Macbeth who is dressed completely in black suggesting that evil has completely overcome her The scene begins with a conversation between the gentlewoman and the doctor From the text we are unable to determine what the gentlewomans true feelings are towards Lady Macbeth It could either be feeling of pity or uncompassionate feelings towards her In this particular performance the director has chosen the lines to be delivered so as we can clearly see that the gentlewoman shows no compassion towards Lady Macbeth throughout the scene Due to the fact that she is dressed as a nun and she is uncompassionate towards Lady Macbeths state we can only interpret that this is done to symbolise the churchs disapproval of what the Macbeths have done and suggesting that God is looking down upon them The doctor however naturally appears shocked and speaks with a disbelief of what Lady Macbeth has done When Lady Macbeth makes her first appearance in the play Act 1 Scene 5 She immediately comes across as being a mentally stable strong-minded character Also right throughout the play so far she has portrayed herself as being the strong domineering one So strong that her husband thought that she should Bring forth men-children only as her undaunted mettle should compose nothing but males She proves herself to be the domineering one as she was easily able
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