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Lady Macbeth

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Recently our class have been reading Shakespeare's, "Macbeth." It is a dark and sinister play and I hope to discuss one of the main, sinister characters, Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth is not "evil to the core," not quite. She is a strange character as she can't quite be totally evil. Some of the actions are made out of love not out of selfishness. Right at the beginning of the play when we first meet Lady Macbeth she receives a letter from her husband telling her that they need to dispose of King Duncan. Through love of Macbeth she prays for the strength to murder in this quote containing two powerful inversions: ...unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe top-full of direst cruelty, make thick my blood... ...read more.


When Macbeth returns she is cool about the whole situation and says something almost frightening when her husband says he is afraid: A little water clears us of this deed. (Act.2 Sc.2) At this point Lady Macbeth seems slightly mad and it is difficult to work out whether she is just reassuring her husband or if she has started to go insane. After the king is found dead everyone blames it on the guards, who Macbeth has smeared in Duncan's blood, but when Malcolm, Duncan's son arrives and asks who killed his father Macbeth admits to it. Lady Macbeth does not want this and takes the heat from the situation by pretending to faint to which Mac duff tells the others to help her, so the situation is avoided. Yet again we do not know exactly why she does this, is it out of love for her husband or is it to save her own skin? ...read more.


Using words like 'plucked' add 'dashed' give a really strong image that is quite sickening to think about. This quote also gives us some information about her past. It seems that Macbeth used to have a son and I think Lady Macbeth is quite distraught; maybe evil is not what she is but is mourning the loss of a young boy child. This is my concluding point about Lady Macbeth being a pure evil character. In my opinion if she was evil she would have deserved her fate, which she didn't. Lady Macbeth kills herself in the end after suffering tremendously trying to cover up the dreadful things she and her husband had done. She had done this out of love and fear and in the end could see blood on her hands and was repeating all she had said, surely a sign of anguish. I do not think Lady Macbeth was 'evil to the core' and I do not think she deserved her fate. ...read more.

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