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Lady Macbeth As An Evil Villain.

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English 200617 December 2002The Naturally Evil Lady MacbethA villain is characterized as a fiendish or evil person. With her heart of stone and manipulative mind, Lady Macbeth is the true villain of William Shakespeare's Macbeth. Lady Macbeth is naturally evil as opposed to Macbeth who changed dramatically after his supernatural encounters with the witches. Lady Macbeth revealed her evil side when she manipulated Macbeth and questioned his manhood in an attempt to persuade him to kill King Duncan. In comparison to Macbeth, she had an easy time coping with the transgressions that transpired throughout the beginning of the play, whereas Macbeth had many hallucinations due to his guilt.Lady Macbeth is a heartless woman with naturally evil intentions, as opposed toMacbeth, who experienced supernatural encounters that changed this once heroic,admirable man. Lady Macbeth was very persuasive, as she demanded to get what she desired. Following her conversation with Macbeth regarding the witch's prophecies, she only had one thing on her mind: killing Duncan, to obtain more power. Although Macbeth had negative feelings about committing the act of regicide, Lady Macbeth illustrated no shame towards her wrongdoings. She did not view killing Duncan as immoral, which for the first time showed, the evil which she possesses. She states that Macbeth is a merciful man and complains that, "[Macbeth] is to full o' th' milk of human kindness" (I, iv, 18). This shows that Lady Macbeth viewed him as a good-hearted citizen and it was her obligation to change his persona, into a crazy lunatic. It is evident that Macbeth was once an honourable man before his eccentric supernatural encounters which unlocked the doors to his insane, psychotic ways. However, it was Lady Macbeth who opened the doors for Macbeth's fury with her evil intentions that changed Macbeth dramatically. Thus, it is certainly clear that Lady Macbeth is a vile woman by nature, but Macbeth was just a product of mental conditioning, and his proceedings don't represent his true character.Lady Macbeth is accountable for the murders that Macbeth committed because she influenced him that it was the appropriate thing to do. She was constantly acting contemptuous towards him while questioning his manhood. Lady Macbeth clearly stated she would go much further to attain her evil desires than Macbeth would. When Macbeth was contemplating whether he should kill Duncan or not, Lady Macbeth acted as a catalyst, urging Macbeth to commit the evil deeds. She questioned his manhood by stating, "At what id did so freely?/From this time/Such I account thy love. Art thou afeard/To be the same in thine own act and valor/As though art in desire?" (I, vii, 38-41). Lady Macbeth was challenging his manhood and working hard to influence Macbeth into committing regicide. Lady Macbeth is as determined as she is manipulative. She would do whatever it takes to satisfy her lust for evil. Lady Macbeth told Macbeth, "I have given suck,...

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