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Is Lady Macbeth as strong a character as she sets out to be?

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Introduction

Is Lady Macbeth as strong a character as she sets out to be? Why? Lady Macbeth is an ambitious woman that lusts for power and position no matter what the cost. She persuades Macbeth to kill Duncan however falls a victim to guilt and madness to an even greater degree than Macbeth. Her conscience affects her to such extent that she eventually commits suicide. Lady Macbeth's health deteriorates rapidly as the play progresses. In the beginning we are given the impression of a strong female figure that is very persuasive and ruthless. ...read more.

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We also can see that Lady Macbeth is in control of their relationship she plans to deceive Macbeth with her calculating ways. "I may pour my spirits in thine ear" highlights her determination to succeed in turning Macbeth into a betraying murderer rather than committing "the deed" herself. Shakespeare depicts her deteriorating health in Act 5 scene 1 well. He uses this scene to show her distraught state of mind. He uses repetition to do this. "To bed, to bed...-To bed, to bed, to bed!" She is trying to reassure herself that everything is fine but we can clearly see that she is nowhere near alright. ...read more.

Conclusion

At this point in the play Shakespeare clearly shows us that Lady Macbeth's health has completely deteriorated she has become a paranoid and impetuous. It doesn't come much of a surprise to us when she commits suicide not much later on in the play. I think Lady Macbeth is the type of woman that acts all hard and strong when really her true personality is a kind, gentle and caring woman. She wouldn't have been so severely affects if she was as cold as she intended to be. In my opinion I think what happened to Lady Macbeth was but knew that the consequences would be great but not to such an extent that she would take her own life. ...read more.

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