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Come you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts unsex me here In Macbeth William Shakespeare writes this passage in order to tell us about the character of Lady Macbeth Using only this line we 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 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 Shakespeare meant to put 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 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 happen by the end of the play By now we can see Lady Macbeths nature Her thoughts are all dark images and her mind is set on the murder of the King Finally in the most significant part of the sentence Lady Macbeth says unsex me here She wants the spirits to come and take away her soft feminine characteristics She feels that her husband is too nice to get the greatness he is promised and the only way he can succeed is if she helps him In the first half of the play Lady Macbeth is the brain behind the operation She not only provides the actual plan but encourages her husband as well During the period the play was written women were considered to be
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