Explain the significance of Lady Macbeth's soliloquy in Act I Scene 5. The raven himself is hoarse That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan Under my...


In this chilling soliloquy, Lady Macbeth asks for whatever "spirits that tend on mortal thoughts" to "unsex" her, in other words, to take away all mercy, tenderness, and other characteristics that Shakespeare's audiences would have associated with the female gender. She has just read the letter from her husband that describes the witches' prophecies, and knows that one of them has come true (he has been made Thane of Cawdor,) and knows that Duncan is on his way to their castle to spend a few days. She is steeling herself to push her husband to achieve what they both feel is his destiny through the murder of Duncan. 

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