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Is Lady Macbeth a Monster? Discuss with reference to how the Character is depicted in the Play.

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Is Lady Macbeth a Monster? Discuss with reference to how the Character is depicted in the Play. Macbeth was written between 1605 and 1607. It is a tale of deceitfulness, treason and murder. Macbeth, a Scottish nobleman and soldier, is inspired by three witches' prophecy to execute the king. He tells his wife of the prophecy and she also encourages him. In this essay, I am going to evaluate Lady Macbeth's role in the murder of King Duncan and her reaction when others start to get suspicions of her and her husband's involvement in the matter. Macbeth informing her of the prophecies he had received from the three witches first introduces us to Lady Macbeth in Act 1 scene 5 where she is reading the letter sent to her. ...read more.

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After analysing this monologue one could argue that Lady Macbeth is showing her more humane side as she is asking for help to commit the act. Later, in the same Act, scene 7 Macbeth is evaluating weather or not he should go ahead with his wife's plan, making the argument that Duncan has honoured him lately but Lady Macbeth rebukes him, asking him, "was the hope drunk?". Eventually, after some consideration, Macbeth agrees with her plan. Going by these statements, it is clear to be seen that she is enticing her husband and almost blackmailing him into the murder of the king. By this, I can say that Lady Macbeth is showing her more monstrous side. If we skip ahead to Act 2 scene 2, Lady Macbeth makes the statement, "Had he not resembled my father as he slept, I had done't". ...read more.

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In the later scenes it is fairly noticeable that Macbeth is taking control of the situation and Lady Macbeth is back in the "woman's role". "What, will these hands ne'er be clean?" Lady Macbeth proclaims this as she is washing her hands, sleepwalking in Act 5 scene 1. If we refer back to Act 2 scene 3 when Lady Macbeth tells her husband, "A little water clears us of this deed:" Further on in the play, Act 5 scene 5, we hear of Lady Macbeth's death. If we read on, Malcolm tells us she committed suicide. Surely a monster would not commit suicide for being an accessory to murder? All in all I think it is safe to say that in my opinion, Lady Macbeth was no monster. I believe that the thought of power of ruling a country was too much for her. She did not realise what would come after the Kings demise. Liam Murphy 5 Layde ...read more.

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