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Is Lady Macbeth A Manifestation of Evil?

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Is Lady Macbeth A Manifestation of Evil? To truly say if the character, Lady Macbeth is evil, we must first define what evil is. A textbook definition would link the word evil to ones such as sin, greed, cruelty, and corruption. An act of cruelty would be to harm another person or animal for the sadistic pleasure of seeing pain and blood. An evil person would be a person with a lack of morals or a desire for what someone else has and commits an action such as murder to gain fulfil this desire. At the beginning of the play we see Lady Macbeth take control and mastermind the murder of King Duncan. As soon as she receives Macbeth's letter her first thoughts are to kill Duncan to influence Macbeth's rise to king. However, by the end of the play her guilt gains on and her drives her insane, ultimately leading to her own death by committing suicide. ...read more.


In a play so full of supernatural events, we can take her literally when she says: "...Spirits / That tend on mortal thoughts..." to "Stop up th' access and passage to remorse / That no compunctious visitings of nature / Shake my fell purpose..." Perhaps Macbeth knew that Lady Macbeth was stronger and had needed her to force him on even when he was too afraid to continue. After this scene, Lady Macbeth's singleness of purpose seems to prove that she has been successful in emptying herself of human feeling. When Macbeth tries to back out of committing the murder, she treats him with contempt. She questions his manhood and shames him into doing it. Look at how effortlessly she lies. When Duncan, whom she plans to kill, arrives at the castle, her welcoming speech drips with false graciousness. ...read more.


We see this switch in roles when he says: "I have almost forgot the taste of fears; /The time has been, my senses would have cooled/ To hear a night-shriek " This where Lady Macbeth dies after struggling with the guilt !?!?!?!?!?!? But the question is if she was a victim or a manifestation of evil, In my opinion, I think she was more of a victim. I say this because she would not have committed suicide if she were fully evil. On the other hand, if Macbeth had known she would take action, is he the evil character who needed her to force him onward then discard after the murder. We see him then ordering the killers to assassinate his good friend, Banquo, his friend's son, Fleance and Macduff's family, and he does all of this without the consent or advice of his wife. In conclusion it is suffice to say that Macbeth was the manifestation of evil where Lady Macbeth was the victim. ...read more.

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