• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How is Lady Macbeth an important and memorable character in Macbeth?

Extracts from this document...


How is Lady Macbeth an important and memorable character in Macbeth? Lady Macbeth is an important and memorable character in Macbeth because she sets up the story by persuading Macbeth to kill Duncan. She also is memorable because she almost controls Macbeth at the start of the play which is unusual in the time of the play, as women usually didn't have much say in relationships. Her role in the play also highlights Macbeth's loneliness without her. Lady Macbeth is the catalyst for her husband's downfall, as she pushes him to kill King Duncan. She tells him to, "look like th'innocent flower but be the serpent under it." Talking about Duncan she also says, "O never shall sun morrow see." She also hints he is not a man unless he kills Duncan (this is a recurring theme in the play), "When you durst do it, then you were a man." This also shows she represents evil at the start of the play; she plays on his ambition and drives him to become a murderer. ...read more.


No: this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnadine." Then in act 5 scene 1 Lady Macbeth remarks, "Here's the smell of the blood still; all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand." This scene also shows she realises what she pushed her husband to do has turned him into a murderer, "The Thane of Fife had a wife. Where is she now?" Macbeth sees life as a pointless succession of days after Lady Macbeth commits suicide in act 5 scene 5. This is shown in his speech in that scene where he announces "It (life) is a tale told by an idiot full of sound and fury, signifying nothing," Also, "All our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death," and "Out, out brief candle." This shows that Macbeth sees no point or direction in his life without Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth realises that killing the King hasn't brought them the joy they thought it would. ...read more.


This reiterates the fact that she wants to be in control of him, and this would have been scary for people of Shakespearian time for men were far superior to women, especially Kings. Lady Macbeth still believes Macbeth is weaker than her up to act 3 scene 4 where she says "are you a man?" when he sees the ghost of Banquo. She then questions his manhood again by saying, "A woman's story at a winter's fire authoriz'd by her grandma. Shame itself!" and "What, quite unmann'd in folly?" This is a recurring theme of the play, but in the end they both end up dead cowards anyway. To conclude, Lady Macbeth is probably the most important character in the play as there would be no storyline if she hadn't pushed Macbeth to kill Duncan. Lady Macbeths control over him is lost in act 4 and Macbeth then lives off the witches' apparitions, and becomes crazier as she does. Lady Macbeth and the witches play on his ambition and ego and eventually bring him down to his inevitable death at the end of the play. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Macbeth section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Macbeth essays

  1. Lady Macbeth's Character in Macbeth.

    Macbeth cannot make up his mind whether to kill Duncan or not. He says that if the murder could be done quickly without the inevitable consequences then he should do it quickly. He lists the reasons why he should not kill the King.

  2. How important are the

    "Stay you imperfect speakers; tell me more" Macbeth is sceptical about the witches at the start. When he is made Thane of Cawdor he starts to believe them. He still thinks he can alter their prophecies. In the end Macbeth completely trusts their predictions and when they don't happen in

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work