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Come you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts unsex me here Act I scene V lines 44-45 In Macbeth William Shakespeare writes this passage in order to shape the character of Lady Macbeth Using only this line the reader can almost determine Lady Macbeths personality and her motives Up to the point where this quote leaves off we have not heard much of Lady Macbeth When she receives the letter from Macbeth it seems her fascination is not directed at her husband but at her husbands newly attained power It is evident that the first impression of Lady Macbeth is negative Without wasting any time she begins to plan Duncans death and assumes responsibility of the situation In the first line Lady Macbeth says Come you spirits Already we have a dark image of her conjuring up evil spirits She does not seem a bit intimidated by the spirits she is calling Her tone of voice suggests she is almost commanding the spirits to help her carry out her plan William Shakespeare intentionally attached this phrase in the beginning of the sentence so that the reader sees Lady Macbeth as more of an evil character which in her own way conjures evil spirits In the first part of the second line Lady Macbeth says That tend on mortal thought Literally it means that she wants the evil spirits that wait on thoughts of murder or death to come to her This phrase foreshadows the many deaths that await us by the end of the novel By mentioning the spirits of death Shakespeare prepares the readers for what is coming up next By now we are able to recognize Lady Macbeths nature Her thoughts are bombarded with dark images and her mind is set on the murder of the King Finally in the last and most significant part of the sentence Lady Macbeth says unsex me here In context she wants the
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