Macbeth: Lady Macbeth

Lesson rationale

This varied series of activities is designed to encourage learners to exercise independence of thought when exploring the presentation of Lady Macbeth throughout the play. The tasks draw learners’ attention to the varied ways in which Lady Macbeth’s language and actions can be interpreted, aiming to broaden the simplistic reading of the character as ‘villainous’.

Key questions in this lesson:

  • What dramatic function does Lady Macbeth serve in the text as a whole?
  • How useful is it to consider Lady Macbeth as responsible for the text’s tragic conclusions?
  • What ambiguities are presented by Lady Macbeth’s characterization?