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Hat kind of woman is Lady Macbeth? How influential is she in the play.

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What kind of woman is Lady Macbeth? How influential is she in the play. Introduction The play of Macbeth has a lot to do with power and greed. Macbeth is considered by many people to be a good man who is very brave and a hero, for example King Duncan himself refers to him as "O worthiest cousin, the sin of my ingratitude even now was heavy on me." He is also crowned Thane of Cowdor, This is the Scottish version of a Lord and can only achieve this status by impressing the king, usually by serving him well in battle as in Macbeths case. It is hard to underline the driving force behind the main events in the Play and equally hard to know what emotions drove the characters to do what they did. Lady Macbeth is a very important character in the play and has a large part to play in the death of King Duncan. Many people believe that without the ambition and persuasion of Lady Macbeth than Macbeth would not have been driven to killing King Duncan and he may never had been murdered. After reading the play and analysing Lady Macbeth closely I believe that she is a complicated woman. She is put across to me as being a cold, nasty, ambitious women but yet clever and quick witted. I believe this as in act 1 scene 5 when we first meet Lady Macbeth she is reading a letter received from her husband explaining the encounter with the witches and the prophecies he had been told, she immediately assumes they must kill Duncan, "What thou art promised, yet do I fear thy nature, it is too full o'th'milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way". Lady Macbeth is saying that She believes Macbeth will be king but thinks that he is to soft to sort it out. ...read more.

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up th' access and passage to remorse that no compunctious visitings of nature shake my fell purpose nor keep peace between th' effect and it". She doesn't want to feel guilty for the evil things she is planning. "Come to my womens breasts and take my milk for gall, you murd'ring ministers, wherever in your sightless substances. She wants to be capable of masculine violence and lack of feeling. Act 1 scene 7 In this scene we see Macbeths decision not to kill Duncan changed by L Macbeth. Macbeth doesn't want to go ahead with the plan for a number of reasons, 1. The Consequences, "If th' assassination could trammel up the consequence and catch with his sucrease, success, that but this blow might be the be-all and the end-all-here, But here, upon this bank shoal of time, We'd jump the life to come". 2. Feeling Guilty, "This Duncan hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been so clear in his great office, that his virtues will plead like angels, trumpet tonged against the damnation of his taking off". Macbeth explains to L Macbeth that they are not going through with the murder of the King. "We will proceed no further in this business". Lady Macbeth doesn't take to this decision very kindly and is soon to persuade him to change his mind. I noticed that she uses a number of techniques to change his mind. She uses emotional blackmail; "From this time, such I account thy love". She continues by insulting his masculine pride, "When you durst do it, then you were a man. And to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man". By doing all this to persuade Macbeth either shows she loves him dearly or is an extremely evil women. L Macbeth continues further by explaining her own ability to see things through if she had sworn to carry them out, "Nor time, nor place did then adhere, and yet you would make both. ...read more.

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She finally gives the secret of Duncan's death away whilst sleepwalking and furthers by killing herself when overcome by guilt. We are told from Malcolm that Lady Macbeth, Fiend like queen, "by self and violent hands took of her life". We are told earlier in the play, Act 1 scene 7 that Lady Macbeth breast fed a baby which tells me that she once had a child of her own but hear no more off it during the play, maybe the baby died and Lady Macbeth never overcome sorrow and depression. She may have changed this depression into ambition and forward drive for Macbeth to become king. Lady Macbeth is a very powerful female character, a challenging and non-stereotypical part for an actress. From reading the play I have noticed many different methods of writing from Shakespeare. Shakespeare uses a lot of imagery in the play. Goodness is like light and evil is like darkness. For example Act 1 scene 5 Lady Macbeth says they want their evil deeds hidden in darkness. "Come thick night and pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell, That my keen knife see not the wounds it makes, Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark. Macbeth Act 1 scene 4, "stars, hide your fires, let not light see my black and deep desires. Evil is seen as a kind of disease. Writing about disease is another way for Shakespeare to talk about good and evil without overdoing the light and darkness imagery. Scotland is described as being sick under Macbeth's rule, act 4 scene 3 Malcolm says that everyday "a gash is added to her wounds". Even Macbeth recognises there is something wrong with Scotland and calls it a "disease". Sleep is also a sign of a clear conscience. Macbeth is upset about never being able to sleep again now he has killed Duncan, act 2 scene 2 "methought I heard a voice cry, sleep no more, Macbeth does murder sleep." ...read more.

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