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How does Shakespeare shape our view on Lady Macbeth?

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How does Shakespeare shape our view on Lady Macbeth? Macbeth is a play written by William Shakespeare and set in Scotland. After Macbeth has triumphed in a battle, three witches predict that he will become kind of Scotland. It is his wife, Lady Macbeth, who convinces him to convict murder (by murdering the king of Scotland). By doing this, the predictions would come true and Macbeth would become king. Lady Macbeth seems to be a very strong character at the beginning of the play. It is stronger than Macbeth's, and this is how Macbeth is driven to murder. Lady Macbeth has a lot of power over her husband, and this is apparent even in the first scenes of the play in which she appears. So the audience see Lady Macbeth as a strong woman. Lady Macbeth also seems to be quite masculine in the beginning of the play, as it does not seem like a very feminine thing to do to try and convince somebody to commit murder. Lady Macbeth's strong character changes later in the play. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth refers to Lady Macbeth as his 'Dearest partner of greatness'. ...read more.


She is portrayed as quite mysterious because of this. She has no difficulty in hiding her real thoughts. That night, Macbeth changes his mind about killing the king. It would appear that he is afraid of Lady Macbeth in the way that he does not tell her the same things that he said in the soliloquy, which he gives in a previous scene. This shows how much power Lady Macbeth has over Macbeth. Lady Macbeth does not react well to the news that Macbeth does not want to go through with the killing and tells Macbeth that he is cowardly. She goes on to give a very powerful speech she would kill her own child before going back on her word. This quote also portrays Lady Macbeth in a very masculine way. It also shows how evil Lady Macbeth is, and how powerful she is. This speech shocks the audience, as Lady Macbeth usually uses strong imagery, but this is a very strong image of evil. Eventually, Macbeth's decision changes because of this powerful speech from Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth's character is presented as very strong in this part of the play. ...read more.


She is sleepwalking and talking about the murder in her sleep. She is clearly mentally unstable at this point. This is the last time we see her in the play before she dies. Lady Macbeth is now very different from the person we mat at the beginning of the play. If we compare her to Macbeth, we can see that he regains some of his dignity at the end of the play, as he dies a fearless warrior. Lady Macbeth is pitiful in contrast. Lady Macbeth and Macbeth's roles appear to have almost changed round by the end of the play. At the beginning, Macbeth is the pathetic, fearful character which we look down on, and Lady Macbeth was the strong one, who was almost more masculine than Macbeth himself. Now, the roles have reversed. Macbeth is more independent. He does not need Lady Macbeth there for him anymore. This could be one of the contributory factors leading up to when Lady Macbeth goes insane. Macbeth is strong by the end, but we look down on Lady Macbeth, who is now weak and pathetic (as Macbeth was in the beginning of the play). We have no respect for Lady Macbeth at the end of the play. ...read more.

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