Physcoanalysis Of Lady Macbeth

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In Shakespeare’s historical play Macbeth the main leads wife, Lady Macbeth, displays major character development throughout the play. Lady Macbeth is seen transforming from a bold, fearless and cunning women, to a very scared, guilt ridden and psychotic women. At first, Lady Macbeth describes her husband’s nature as, "too full o the milk of human-kindness" for him to take any action that would result in him getting the power of King. Furthermore she questions Macbeths manhood by asking, “Are you a man” acknowledging the fact that a man’s masculinity is the biggest honor he can hold. In the beginning of the play she is seen as a ruthless figure who is willing to go to any extent in order to ...view middle of the document...

Lady Macbeth wanted for Duncan to be dead so that Macbeth would have a clear chance of being King of Scotland, making her Queen. She used her own husband as a pawn in her drive of lusting after power and position. As stated in the essay (“ A Heart so White: Anima and Animus in Shakespeare's Macbeth”), "Though it is Macbeth who ultimately commits the murder of his king, he would have been unable to accomplish the dark deed without the spurring of his wife. It is clear that Macbeth was being played likewise a puppet would be and brainwashed into such dreadful act." Lady Macbeth succeeded in her intentions of having the un-expecting King slain. At this point in the play Lady Macbeth still shows some signs of caring as she states the reason as to why she, instead of having Macbeth, kill Duncan herself “Had he not resembled My father as he slept, I had done't”.. As the play progresses one can see that her personality changes completely. Although here she seems somewhat sane and is able to reason with herself, in the middle of the play she absolutely feels nothing for any of their victims. This does not last as soon, her guilt catches up with her mental state.

​Lady Macbeth, upon reading that that two of the prophecies given to Macbeth have come true, believed that the last one will too. However she saw no clear way as to how Macbeth will become king, and then her, as a result, Queen. In the letter it stated that King Duncan would visit
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Macbeths castle that night, Lady Macbeth immediately sought the dark and vile approach in to making Macbeth King, by killing the present King. She was sure that Macbeth would not do such an act and wanted to pursue this crime herself, however her sex, the fact that she was a female stopped her from being able to do so. She is already so enraged with lust of the power in front of her that she begins to talk with the "spirits" around her, asking to be unsexed. “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 top-full of direst cruelty! Make thick my blood; Stop up the access and passage to remorse, that no compunctious visiting’s of nature Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between the effect and it! Come to my woman's breasts, And take my milk for gall (1.5.3). Lady Macbeth speaks to the spirits with such vulgarity, displaying that she wants to be “unsexed” meaning nor a man or a women, just full of power. In telling the spirits to substitute her milk, a thing which comes naturally to most child-bearing mothers and is used to nourish infants incapable on subsisting on anything else, she symbolically abandons her role as nurturer, states (“ A Heart so White: Anima and Animus in Shakespeare's Macbeth”). It is evident that Lady Macbeth wants to get rid of her feminine characteristics and wants only power running through her, power that no woman could achieve at that...

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