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Lady Macbeth

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Introduction

Lady Macbeth Lady Macbeth seems to be quite an evil character. I think the she is quite desperate to become in a position of authority, to be in a position like that of queen. She seems to have a very strong character, but to make sure that she feels nothing during the murder of Duncan, she calls in evil spirits to take her over, and to get rid of any goodness in her. Come you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of direst cruelty; make thick my blood, Stop up th'access and passage to remorse, That no compunctious visitings of nature Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between Th'effect and it. Come to my woman's breasts, And take my blood for gall, you murd'ring ministers. This speech shows just how evil Lady Macbeth really is. She is basically asking evil to take her over, and make her feel no remorse. ...read more.

Middle

She then plucks up some courage - I think that it is for Macbeth's sake - and takes the daggers back. When she gets back, she washes the blood off her hands, saying "A little water clears us of this deed." - whereas Macbeth is convinced that all the water in the world will turn red before his hands become clean. In Act three, Scene two, she reassures Macbeth that everything will be all right. It is the day of the banquet. She says to him "Sleek o'er your rugged looks," meaning loosen up a little. She also says in this scene that they can't go back - what's done is done. At the banquet, Lady Macbeth covers for Macbeth - by saying to all of the lords that he has had a problem since childhood - that he sees things. Lady Macbeth loses her influence after about Act three, Scene four - the Banquet Scene. ...read more.

Conclusion

The witches only really appear in three significant scenes altogether, but they span four of the five acts in the play. Macbeth Later on in the play, Macbeth seems to work on his own a lot more. He organises the murder of Banquo on his own; he decides to go and see the witches on his own; he decides to murder Macduff's family, once again on his own. The Main Culprit In my opinion, the main person responsible for persuading Macbeth to do evil is Macbeth himself. He didn't have to listen to the witches, and he definitely didn't have to kill Duncan - who knows, he may have become king after Duncan anyway. Quite a lot of the play is Macbeth's doing - with Lady Macbeth covering up for him in places, and the witches telling him what will happen. He isn't told how to interpret the prophesies - so he does it his way. 823 words Alex Brint 2000 2 \\yr10wk\english\macbethevil.doc Who is more to blame in persuading Macbeth to do evil -Lady Macbeth or the Witches? Alex Brint 2000 1 \\yr10wk\english\macbethevil.doc ...read more.

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