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Discuss the Presentation of Lady Macbeth and assess her importance to the play as a whole.

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Discuss the Presentation of Lady Macbeth and assess her importance to the play as a whole. If one was to look at Lady Macbeth's character from a moralistic point of view, one could conclude the character of Lady Macbeth is written by Shakespeare to represent the transient nature of success derived from evil deeds. Which by definition is self destructive and futile. Initially, Lady Macbeth is depicted to be a callous and ruthless woman driven by the desire to further herself. Even a thought of murder does not discourage her from achieving what ever she wants. Yet the same character degenerates into self- doubting, guilt ridden, and suicidal non-entity. Who does not merit the dignity of dying on stage, and is simply consigned to oblivion off the stage in ambiguous circumstances. In the first part of the play Shakespeare, portrays Lady Macbeth as a ruthless, overpowering woman who dominates her husband and his actions. She is shown to have the ambitions of a man, but the character of a woman. ...read more.

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It must act as a catalyst to fulfil a transformation. This shows that lady Macbeth is creating wickedness that she must manifest in order to influence Macbeth. The irony of it is that she embraces the darkness, believing that she will escape its negativity. However the reversal is revealed at the end of the play, when she eventually goes delirious, carrying a lit candle wherever she is. She regarded supernatural forces with such respect and confidence, however at the end she is overpowered and engulfed by the vary powers. Which she assumed would only work in her favour. The influence of Lady Macbeth is the main contributing factor to the degenerating of Macbeth's character. Lady Macbeth plays important role because she concocts a scheme which causes Macbeth to assassinate king Duncan and then after that there is no stopping him. Therefore it was Lady Macbeth who introduced the concept of murder to Macbeth. We are told that he is ambitious, but if it weren't for his wife's powerful nature his ambitions would not manifest itself enough to drive him to murder in order to obtain the title of king of Scotland. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is shown when he says, "Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck." In conclusion I would say that Lady Macbeth personifies the latent evil in Macbeth in the early stages of the play. Lady Macbeth's deterioration is not only a result of unwise decisions and actions, but also many factors played a role in this tragedy, such as her regards for supernatural forces. Wherein she seeks salvation. Shakespeare shows that as Macbeth succeeds, the reverse metamorphoses takes place and Lady Macbeth becomes self-doubting and guilt-ridden woman showing all the traits of having a conscience. The idea of ongoing tussle between good and evil is quite old in English literature. In Macbeth it was lady Macbeth, who personifies evil in the early stages of the play. (I think she represented dark side of Macbeth until Macbeth himself could be shown to have an evil nature). As Macbeth's evil nature ascends along with the progression of the play, her wickedness begins to wane and she is almost side lined at the tail end. The author used her character very subtly to keep the conflict, between good and evil, alive through out the play. That is why Shakespeare is considered one of the best writers in English literature. ...read more.

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