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Lady Macbeth

  • "The milk of human kindness" (1.5.17 ff): unsexing
  •         . . . I have given suck, and know
    How tender ítis to love the babe that milks me:
    I would, while it was smiling in my face,
    Have plucked my nipple from its boneless gums,
    And dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you
    Have done to this.
            (1.7.54-59)
  • "Had he not resembled / My father as he slept, I had doneít" (2.2.12-13)
  • "Noughtís had, allís spent" (3.2.4)
  • Her attempts to control Macbeth at the banquet: "Are you a man?" (3.4.58)
  • She walks in her sleep (5.1): lines of horror
  • She dies offstage, her death "signifying nothing" (5.5.28)
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