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Lady Macbeth As A Friend Like Queen In William Shakespeare's Play

1918 words - 8 pages

Lady Macbeth as a Friend-Like Queen in William Shakespeare's Play

To answer this question I am going to study and analyse the text
thoroughly to determine whether I agree or disagree with Malcolm's
statement. I will do this by looking at both sides of the argument and
by concluding with my own opinion based on the evidence I will
present.

Another word for fiend is monster. A monster is generally considered
to be inhuman and Lady Macbeth does show inhuman qualities throughout
the play but towards the end of the play she changes.

When she first enters the play in act one scene five, where she reads
a letter from Macbeth, he refers to her as his- "Dearest partner of
greatness". For women in medieval, eleventh century Scotland this
would have been very uncharacteristic: a women's place would have been
in the home and generally they wouldn't have had political opinions or
ambitions and would not have been equal to men. Even when the play was
written in the eighteen hundreds, women were viewed as inferior to
men. The role of a woman is epitomised in Lady Macduff. She is soft,
domestic, child bearing and feminine. She doesn't have any political
opinions or ambitions, unlike Lady Macbeth. The comparison between the
two wives shows us how and why Lady Macbeth sacrifices her femininity
and why she did so. She doesn't just want her husband to become king
but she wants to become Queen. Shakespeare was quite sexist and had a
hatred for woman which shows in some of his plays, so maybe he is
saying that Lady Macduff is what a woman should be and Lady Macbeth is
not.

Lady Macbeth is very ruthless and "fiend-like" in the way she goes
about it. She even says, "unsex me here" this is from her second
soliloquy in Act One scene five. This is basically saying make me a
man, or at least make me equal to a man. She appears to have no
conscience at the start although she does develop one as the play goes
on. She has no remorse for the people she kills directly or
indirectly.

Her two soliloquies are very important in judging her character. In
her first soliloquy she receives a letter from Macbeth, which informs
her of his encounter with the witches. Towards the end of Act One
scene five, Macbeth arrives home, but in front of him he sent a
messenger telling Lady Macbeth of the King's coming that night. She
wastes no time in thinking up a plot to murder him that night in their
castle. She is clearly the driving force behind Macbeth's ambition and
is showing "fiend-like" qualities here in her plans. Macbeth is
Duncan's loyal subject and has just been promoted for his bravery and
loyalty in battle. So her actions highlight her greed and ambition in
that nothing is ever enough.

In Act One scene, seven Macbeth's soliloquy reflects that he could
still desire to be a loyal subject, but is torn...

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