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Is Lady Macbeth a Monster Lacking in All Humanity?

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Is Lady Macbeth a Monster Lacking in All Humanity? It would be thought by many that Lady Macbeth is an inhumane monster, but in fact she is not. In many events throughout the play, her behaviour would suggest that she is immoral. I have studied the play 'Macbeth' by Shakespeare and will share with you some of the arguments showing that she is a monster and also those showing that she does with-hold a conscience and some goodness within her soul. After reading the letter, received from her husband informing her of his meeting with the witches, Lady Macbeth recognises how the witches words are beneficial to her. The idea of becoming queen excites her, driving her towards greed. She knows that the only way to gain something you really want is to commit an evil sin, 'Thus thou must do', if thou have it;'. Lady Macbeth becomes monstrous in her speech, 'unsex me here', 'make thick my blood'. This language would suggest that Macbeth's wife is a truly evil woman, giving no sign of human sensitivity. ...read more.


This love is a feature of a human with sensitivity. Macbeth suffers from tremendous guilt and fear of his crime. He has a strong desire to discuss this with his wife. She dismisses his worries, 'these deeds must not be thought'. This could be seen as a negative characteristic, showing no love or care for him. It could mean that she has no remorse for the deed that she is so closely involved in, all of these are the values of monstrosity. This dismissal could perhaps be due to Lady Macbeth's manner of dealing with anything which concerns her. She may be someone who denies their worries, unlike her husband, who recovers better when he has analysed his thoughts with another person. 'Nought's had, all's spent,'. Up until this point in the play, she is portrayed as confident and strong. This line, however displays some worry and doubt in herself and her crimes. She is showing a value that would be forbidden to a beastly, savage creature - insecurity. ...read more.


Her disturbing behaviour clearly proves that Lady Macbeth is not a monster, for a monster is purely and insanely wicked. They would not allow murder, or any of the crimes that she or her husband committed affect them in such a way that it did to Lady Macbeth in this scene. In conclusion, I believe that Lady Macbeth is not a monster lacking in all humanity, because although there are many cold - blooded, evil and cruel events that she was closely involved with in many occasions throughout the play, she does show some signs of sensitivity. She shows love and affection, guilt, fear and most importantly, ambition. I think that this final characteristic is the only reason for her cruelty; she wants to hold the title of being queen and this drives her to be evil to achieve this role. Ambition is a human value and not that of a monster. It was this reason that she had to ask for all goodness to be removed from her body, which again shows that she is humane, as she was not evil to begin with. ...read more.

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