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Lady Macbeth’s descent into madness and finally suicide are richly deserved, discuss

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GCSE Macbeth

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Macbeth Coursework

Lady Macbeth's descent into madness and finally suicide are richly deserved, discuss

Lady Macbeth has often been considered to be the 4th witch in the play of Macbeth. This criticism is attributed to her interactions with the supernatural, her control on Macbeth, and her involvement in the murders especially that of King Duncan. Others find her a more emotional and sensitive woman, trying to be an acceptable wife to her heroic husband. This essay will analyse these two opinions and discuss if the emotional collapse and suicide of Lady Macbeth were deserved due to her earlier actions and her role in the rise of Macbeth.

The key to Lady Macbeth's character and the changes that occur to it throughout the course of the play lie in the scenes in which Lady Macbeth appears and has most impact. It is here that we can form an opinion on her mental state and decide whether she deserved her eventual suicide

In deciding upon this the historic context of the play must be taken into consideration. We must analyse the roles and expectations upon the wife and women in the medieval and

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