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Is Lady Macbeth a Fiend-like Queen?

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Introduction

Is Lady Macbeth a Fiend-like Queen? Lady Macbeth is a woman of great talents. She has an ability to persuade and manipulate people. She is extremely ambitious and if she has a desire she'll go to great lengths to fulfil it. She is also very compassionate. She is good at hiding her thoughts as she has a prominent sense of evil about her in the way she conveys her thoughts, emotions and actions. To others she may be portrayed as quite innocent as she comes across as if she would never harm anything let alone argue with it. Lady Macbeth deceives her companions and enemies with a sweet, smiley front that she fakes superbly well. In fact, one could almost describe her as heartless. She cries for evil ' Come you spirits tend to mortal thoughts and unsex me here and fill me to the toe top-full of direst cruelty' She feels a connection with the witches and spirits of evil, making obvious exclamations to reach them. However, the reason she is so evil is because she wants a sense of power together with authority and I don't think emotionally she has much strength so forth the evil is able to entwine around her body, soul and heart and take over her ripping through any faculty of kindness she might have. Although amongst all this greed and the stern front she portrays, I can also clearly endure a sense of vulnerability. I do not believe that Lady Macbeth is a fiend-like queen, nonetheless, I do believe that she possesses fiend-like qualities. ...read more.

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She almost says it in a fearful way and desperate. She knows she is not evil, and so is desperately calling out to be. In act two scene two, Lady Macbeth shows a certain amount of insecurity, that she is trying to persuade herself what she is doing is wrong, tricking and lying to herself, 'That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold.' Here she is saying it's not so bad because they were drunk. This in itself is fiend but the fact she is trying to over it up that its fiend and is insecure tells us that really she is not. If you are something you don't need to try to be it and convince yourself. She is quite sarcastic as she says, 'Stern'st goodnight.' This shows to a certain extent she doesn't care and again is a fiend like quality. I think She puts on a front because at times she is quite doubtful and cautious, 'Alack I am afraid they have awakes,' she is worried; if she thought it was alright, she wouldn't have been worried but she was which shows care and love. She also has love for her family, 'Has h not resembled my father as he slept, I had done't.' This shows she does care about people not just herself therefore has a heart. Although as in Act 1 scene 5, she is trying to dominate Macbeth and persuade him, 'A foolish thought, to say a sorry sight,' and, 'consider it not so deeply.' ...read more.

Conclusion

Lady Macbeth is extremely vulnerable, and anxious about the whole situation. I don't think she is convinced she will be able o keep it secret. This is because she washes her hands (mimes washing her hands), believing that they still have blood on them. This shows that she doesn't think she has covered up her tracks. Constantly washing her hands over and over again. Lady Macbeth thinks she is unclean. Whilst doing so she exclaims, 'what will these hands ner' be clean? ...Heres the smell of blood; all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand' By this she is saying, that nothing will ever be able to clean her hands. She'll always sense the blood on her hands and so too the guilt. This proves that she is not fiend, if she were to be fiend, she would feel no guilt to what she has done, but the fact it keeps going round in her mind shows that really, she is as insecure as anybody else would be. Overall, Lady Macbeth is not as confident as she makes out, and I think its that confidence that makes people believe that she is fiend-like, but in fact as the audience later becomes aware, as the play progresses, she becomes less and less sure of what she is doing and is less and less unable to keep up the confident front. Of course she has fiend-like qualities and at first you would believe she is fiend but when you closely, you really see that she is not. ...read more.

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