A strong sense of irony appears in scene 5 after Macbeth states that king Duncan will arrive that night. Lady Macbeth states “And when goes hence? She states this will full knowledge of Macbeth’s Intent, ramping up the deceitful themes in the play.
Vivien Leigh as Lady Macbeth in a publicity still for a 1955 production of Macbeth at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre. Leigh's portrayal of Lady Macbeth remains mythic and a revelation of interpretation for anyone who saw it.