Sheila is the daughter of a rich factory owner therefore she has power in society because of her father. Even though she fires Eva because of jealously, she is still shown as a positive character. Lady Macbeth is wife of Macbeth (Thane of Cawdor), because in the Jacobean era women did not have power because men were in control in society. However, Lady Macbeth is in control of the relationship and she is shown to the audience as a negative character. This coursework will be about why Priestly shows Shelia as a positive character but Shakespeare shows Lady Macbeth as a negative character.
Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth as a perceptive character. For example, in Act 1 Scene 7, Lady Macbeth says to Macbeth, ‘Just screw up your courage to the uttermost’ and ‘And live a coward in thine own esteem’. Lady Macbeth uses negative words such as ‘coward’ and ‘screw up your courage’ to discourage Macbeth behaviour. Lady Macbeth is perceptive because she uses Macbeth weakness to make Macbeth come to her side to kill Duncan. Macbeth weakness was his pride and ambition. Lady Macbeth knew that if she disagrees and tells him he has no pride; Macbeth would fight for his pride. This is because Macbeth is a soldier therefore he is used to fight his pride. This was interesting because in Jacobean era, Jacobean women were pure and pious. Therefore, she would not convert Macbeth thoughts into killing the king.
Furthermore, Shakespeare also shows Lady Macbeth perceptiveness in Act 1 Scene 5 she says to Macbeth ‘Look like th’ innocent flower, But be the serpent under’t’. Lady Macbeth understands that if they act innocent no one would recognise what they did. Moreover, she also calls Macbeth ‘serpent’. A ‘serpent’ is inferred as evil and sneaky; therefore Lady Macbeth is suggesting that he is evil and sneaky. Indeed to the villages they are lovely and a nice family. On the other hand Macbeth behaviour can lead to suspiciousness.
Shakespeare is showing Lady Macbeth as a perceptive character because in the Jacobean era, Lady Macbeth character was a surprising character to the audience because of how different she acts. Moreover, it is human nature to like fine evil or something wrong amusing. Indeed, audience will hate the evil character but they will also find it interesting and fascinating. Later on in Act 2 Scene 2, Lady Macbeth says to Macbeth, ‘Coward, give me the daggers’, again she uses the word ‘Coward’ to make him change his mind about putting the daggers back. Even though being perceptive is neither a negative characteristics nor a positive, it is shown as a negative characterises because of how she uses it. This also shows that she is manipulative.
Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth as a manipulative character. For example, in Act 2 Scene 2, Lady Macbeth says to Macbeth ‘Are but a pictures: ’tis the eye if childhood. Lady Macbeth again uses words to discourage his behaviour and his pride. By using the word ‘childhood’ Lady Macbeth is mocking his...