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Darya Barshak 03/22/2012
AP English/ Pd.4
Lady Macbeth symbolizes the evil of human nature. Her ugly intentions are seen in the apostrophe when she calls: "Come you spirits." She calls for the spirits in the same manner as do many witches. She betrays her femininity by asking the spirits to "come to [her] woman's breast and take [her] milk for gall." Moreover, she calls for them to completely "unsex [her] here." The disgusting imagery used in the line "make thick my blood" flashes back to Act I Scene I and parallels Lady Macbeth with the three witches. Just like witches, she wants to control people's lives, especially the life of Macbeth. She works her way through by repeatedly belittling and emasculating him.
Lady Macbeth is sly, selfish, and manipulative because she finds an approach to change Macbeth's decision about the regicide by using emotive arguments to refute his logic. At first, Macbeth remains thoughtful: "I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition." In contrast, Lady Macbeth is completely guided by her desire to gain self-profit. When she sees that Macbeth is close to rejecting the idea of regicide,
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