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Is Lady Macbeth a fiend-like Queen?

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Will Miller 12.03.01 Is Lady Macbeth a fiend-like Queen? While one may argue that Lady Macbeth is a fiend-like queen, she obliviously possessed many feminine qualities. I start my essay like this for one reason only, I do not believe that she was a fiend-like queen although she had many evil characteristics. One of the main qualities of Lady Macbeth that I have noticed throughout the play is the fact that she admired and loved her husband. From her first real words after reading her husband's letter, "Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be what thou art promised", her ambitions for her husband are very evident and she intends to help him achieve his aims. As his wife, she knows Macbeth's weaknesses and is going to help him overcome these problems: Hie thee hither, That I may pour my spirits in thine ear And chastise with the valour of my tongue All that impedes thee from the golden round (1.v.23-25) ...read more.

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When Duncan arrives in the Macbeth's castle, Lady Macbeth acts as the kind and generous hostess which she should be, "All our service, in every point twice done and then done double" (1.v.15-16). But in scene 7 Macbeth has decided that he is not going to murder Duncan. This does not go down well with Lady Macbeth as she accuses her husband of cowardice, "And live a coward in thine own esteem" (1.vii.42) and the fact that she would rather kill her own child rather than break her promise, "Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums and dashed the brains out" (1.vii.57-58). This "talking to" by Lady Macbeth seems to have worked as by Act 2 scene 2, the King lies dead in his bed. Lady Macbeth makes a vital statement that she tried to spare her husband the necessity of killing Duncan, but is prevented by an unforeseen occurrence. ...read more.

Conclusion

When Lady Macbeth is re-introduced into the play in Act 5 scene 1, she is a very different lady to the one that we met in Act 1 scene 5. She is now mad, emphasised by the constant rubbing of her hands and the spot, "Out damned spot! Out, I say!" She also seems to be having recollections of the murder of Duncan and the events surrounding the murder especially the washing of hands (v.i.52) referring to when Lady Macbeth and Macbeth were trying to remove the blood satins from their hands and the "knocking at the gate" (v.ii56). Lady Macbeth seems to have many evil qualities but the fact that her motive for the murder of Duncan was her love for her husband and her wishes for him to have the throne do not seem to me to be the acts of a fiendish queen. ...read more.

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