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How Far Do I Sympathise With the Character of Lady Macbeth

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How Far Do I Sympathise With the Character of Lady Macbeth Lady Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's most famous and frightening female characters. We first meet Lady Macbeth at the beginning of Act One Scene Five. She is reading a letter that has been sent by Macbeth, her husband. This letter shows us just how much Lady Macbeth and Macbeth have a close and loving relationship. In the letter Macbeth refers to his wife as "my dearest partner of greatness". This shows us that even though Macbeth is destined to be king he doesn't see himself as a superior person, but he sees his wife to be his equal. In the letter he also tells her about his encounter with the three witches which shows us how much he trusts her as she is one of the few people that he tells. After Lady Macbeth reads the letter she learns that Duncan- the current King of Scotland- is coming to say for the night to praise Macbeth for his efforts in the battle. Once she hears this she immediately starts plotting Duncan's murder, she sees his arrival as a very convenient time to commit the murder and ensure that Macbeth will obtain the throne. ...read more.

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Macbeth was there to greet the king so the scene ends with Lady Macbeth leading Duncan by the hand to go and look for him. This scene increases my lack of sympathy for Lady Macbeth, as she has a two sided personality; "the innocent flower" while being "the serpent under it". At the beginning act one scene seven, there is another soliloquy where Macbeth is wondering whether to commit the murder or not, he considers the consequences of the murder: "First, as I am his kinsman and his subject, Strong both against the deed; then as his host, Who should against his murderer shut the door" Here Macbeth singles out the reasons he should not kill Duncan. He believes that because he is Duncan's subject and that Duncan has praised him recently he should not kill him. Macbeth does not want to kill Duncan but his wife is about to change that. When Macbeth breaks the news to her that he does not want to kill Duncan and "we will proceed no further in this business" she get very angry. She begins to challenge Macbeth's masculinity, his love for her and his strength in character. Macbeth never mentioned the killing of Duncan, but Lady Macbeth asks him "was hope drunk?" ...read more.

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She replies "what should be done?" which shows us that the power in the relationship is his. As Lady Macbeth has no control of his actions, Macbeth is now compelled to do evil deeds. I feel sympathetic towards her at this point because her husband is not sharing his thought and actions with her anymore. We do not here of Lady Macbeth in the whole of Act four, the next time we hear of here it is in Act five. In this scene we see Lady Macbeth go from a powerful woman with ambitions, to a broken and pitiful woman. She has become mad like she said in act two scene two. She realises that the washing of the blood from Macbeth's hands was not the simplest ways of getting away with the murder. Her own "bloody mission" led to her own death. In the end Lady Macbeth died a lonely woman she was there for her husband when he needed her the most, and when she needed his assistance he was nowhere to be seen. By the end of the play I feel a lot of sympathy for Lady Macbeth as she supported her husband and when she needed him most he was not there to help her. ?? ?? ?? ?? Page | 1 ...read more.

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