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Lady Macbeth In William Shakespeare's Macbeth

909 words - 4 pages

Lady Macbeth in William Shakespeare's Macbeth

At the beginning of the play Lady Macbeth is strong, incisive,
completely in control, ‘To alter favour is to fear, leave all the rest
to me.’ At this point Lady Macbeth is the stronger of her and Macbeth.
While he is stricken with guilt, she is in control and ready to do
what she has to in order to ensure the fate she wants for herself. She
has a masterful scheme and enough power over Macbeth to do this. At
the end of the play she is so broken mentally that she kills herself,
`Will these hands ne’er be clean?’ After Duncan’s death she loses her
determined nature as her guilty conscience comes into play. It begins
to overpower her until she is reduced to mere ‘shadow’ of her former
self. She can’t even escape it in her sleep and constantly washes her
hands in the hope that she can wash away her guilt and Duncan’s blood
which she still sees on her palms. She has mentally changed into her
husband’s frame of mind when he first killed Duncan except her
insanity is more extreme.

We first see Lady Macbeth when she is reading the letter from her
husband about the prophecies of the witches, ‘Whilst I stood rept in
the wonder of it came masses from the king, who all hailed me Thane of
Cawdor, by which title, before the weird sisters saluted, and referred
me to the coming on of time with “Hail King that shalt be!’ At this
point she immediately knows that they will kill Duncan, ‘The raven
himself is hoarse that croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan under my
battlements…unsex me here, and fill me from crown to toe top full of
dearest cruelty.’ This is the point at which Lady Macbeth decides to
take fate into her own hands so that she and Macbeth can reach power
even if it means denying human nature and feeling. This shows us how
power-hungry she is. It also reveals to us the lengths that she will
go to achieve her obsession. When her husband shows signs of weakness
and wants to back out of her plan she goads him until he changes his
mind, ‘I have given suck, and know how tender `tis to love to the babe
that milks me, I would while it was smiling in my face, have...

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