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Discuss the role of Lady Macbeth in the Shakespeare's Macbeth

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Introduction

Discuss the role of Lady Macbeth in the Shakespeare's Macbeth Macbeth is a play written by William Shakespeare, which was first performed in 1606. This time was known as the Elizabethan times. William Shakespeare's plays had to be approved by the king. The king was James I, who was also James IV, King of Scotland. He was thought to be paranoid. During this time Guy Fawkes had planned to kill the king but had failed, yet this caused the king to continuously look over his shoulder. He believed he was cursed by black magic, and women who were accused of being witches were burnt. During this time women had no status and were accused of being witches if they were strong and ambitious. William Shakespeare in this play made Lady Macbeth the complete opposite. He made her strong, ambitious and showed her having a lot of power over her husband. Macbeth is a play about revenge, deceitfulness, murder and love. Macbeth was a very respectable soldier. Lady Macbeth was the wife of Macbeth. Lady Macbeth is a very interested character as the role she plays changes during the play. Lady Macbeth first was a strong and ambitious woman, yet by the ending of the play her character changes; she becomes weak and mad. This shows that Lady Macbeth's character has a two-sided interpretation. ...read more.

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A good one to help them do good, and an evil one to help them do evil. Just before Lady Macbeth's death, Lady Macbeth's character changes. Lady Macbeth was unloved and ignored; this caused her to become mad. She also became careless enough to unconsciously tell the truth about what happened on the night of King Duncan's death; to the doctor and maid. Also all the guilt from this night caused her to become weak. We are first introduce to Lady Macbeth in Act I scene V, in which she is reading the letter that Macbeth had sent her about the meetings of the witches. From after reading the letter Lady Macbeth shows herself being strong and ambitious. This also supports my view on Lady Macbeth before the murder of King Duncan. The 1917 filmed production of Macbeth was directed by Polanski and the actress who played Lady Macbeth was Francesca Annis. For Act 1 Scene V the setting used is Lady Macbeth on the battlements of the castle. Lady Macbeth is alone on top of the battlements. This has the effect of Lady Macbeth needing to be alone to think. It makes the viewer think Lady Macbeth likes to be on top and in control of everything. Lady Macbeth is wearing a traditional, long, flowing dress. ...read more.

Conclusion

Lady Macbeth had shown no doubt or suspicion in the witch's predictions, which then led her to encourage Macbeth into doing the murder of King Duncan. Lady Macbeth was told about the murder in Act 1 Scene V yet by Act 1 Scene V11 she has already thought of a plan. This shows that she has been thinking of the murder. Lady Macbeth does all the planning yet she only doesn't do the actual killing. Looking at all this evidence I can say that though Macbeth's ambition and the witch's prophecies held a big part in the murder, Lady Macbeth was the main cause of the murder. Yet though she may be guilty for the murdering of King Duncan, Lady Macbeth only did this for the happiness of her husband. Keeping this in mind I believe Lady Macbeth is not evil. Lady Macbeth's death was due to her becoming mad near the ending. After the murder she had felt no guilt or remorse. She says, "A little water will clear us of this deed," like it was nothing big. However by the end of the play the guilt catches up. She had become entirely focused on the murder, not even allowing herself to think they might fail, which then with the guilt made her mad and later on to her own death. Finally I would like to conclude that Lady Macbeth was a strong, ambitious woman who was loved by her husband very much, until her own actions led her to her death. ...read more.

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