Act 1 Scene 5 Task LADY MACBETH 40 45 50 The raven himself is hoarse, That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan Under my battlements. Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here And fill me from the crown to the toe topfull Of direst cruelty; make thick my blood, Stop up th’access and passage to remorse That no compunctious visitings of nature Shake my fell purpose nor keep peace between Th’effect and it. Come to my woman’s breasts And take my milk for gall, you murd’ring ministers, Wherever in your sightless substances You wait on nature’s mischief. Come, thick night, And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell, That my keen knife see not the wound it makes, Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark, To cry, ‘Hold, hold’. Unsex me Compunctious Fell Gall Pall Dunnest remove my gentler feelings (basically the inherent qualities that were expected of women, e.g. gentle, meek, caring etc). compassionate. deadly. deadly poison. wrap (as in a funeral cloak) darkest. Questions for discussion 1. Lady Macbeth is contemplating an action she is about to take. How does she refer to it (see lines 44 and 50)? What do you think the deed is? 2. Lady Macbeth asks for help to undertake the action. Who or what does she ask for help? What sort of assistance does she require? 3. There are several obstacles to Lady Macbeth’s plan What are these?