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From Macbeth's "partner in greatness" to "his fiend like queen" Trace the path of Lady Macbeth's downfall

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From Macbeth's "partner in greatness" to "his fiend like queen" Trace the path of Lady Macbeth's downfall Lady Macbeth is a very controversial figure. She is seen by some as a strong willed women who is ambitious for herself and who is perceptive enough to identify her husband's strengths and weaknesses, and ruthless enough to exploit them. They see her in her commitment to evil and in her awareness that the attainment of the Crown has not brought her the happiness she had previously expected, and finally, as one who breaks down under the pressure of knowing about the crime committed by herself and Macbeth. Others see her as a woman ambitious for her husband whom she loves. She recognises the necessary ability in him, and feels that, without her, he will never win the Crown. She allies herself with the powers of darkness for his sake, but here natural femininity breaks down under the strain of the twisted murder of Duncan and the alienation of her husband. ...read more.


She is alloy by exploiting his love for her when she convinces him to murder a test of his love. She is being cynical when she inverts logic and reality in asking him if he is afraid to be what he wants to be and in suggesting that to be a true man he must take what he wants. She must she take some of Macbeth's guilt here. In the murder scene (ActII, Sc.ii) she resorts to wine to give her courage. This also shows that she has not been filled from top to toe with "direst cruelty". She is aware, too, that dwelling on the ethical aspect of the assassination "will make us mad". She seems to be the better criminal; she remembers the details that Macbeth has ignored, "Why did you bring these daggers from the place?" and shows her initiative as she places the daggers on the guards. ...read more.


Macbeth's few words about her (Act V, Sc.v) may be uttered in an indifferent tone, or even with a sense of something already lost. In the end, perhaps, we feel guilty for her, but we may still remember what appeared to be hardness and cruelty. My personal opinion of Lady Macbeth is that Shakespeare had created a character that was five hundred years ahead of her time. Even though she still craved the love of Macbeth she still had her own dreams and ambitions for the future, which was unheard of for a woman around the time of the Tudors and the Stuarts. Even though her drive and determination were admirable from an ethical perspective Lady Macbeth was not portrayed in a very good light. The fact that she was willing to sacrifice the lives of innocent people for her own personal gain made her morally despicable. In the end Lady Macbeth was made out to not to be some evil women with a heart of stone and no conscience, in fact the opposite because it was her conscience that lead to her insanity and eventually her death. ...read more.

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