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Lady Macbeth, Ambitious Cur

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Macbeth Essay. Macbeth by William Shakespeare is truly one of his greatest tragedies, Written between 1603 - 1606. It is a play that deals with ambition, Treachery, and disillusionment and deals with the rise to power of Macbeth and his Wife Lady Macbeth. The play was set in the eleventh century In Scotland and tells us the true story of the death of a Scottish King by the name if Duncan Although Shakespeare based his story on an historical event his plot and story differs from the truth. The murder of Duncan in the eleventh century was actually perpetrated by Macbeth and Banquo, however in Shakespeare's `Macbeth' Banquo is not a participant in the murder of Duncan. He is portrayed as an innocent party. The reason for this is that James 1 was King of England and a direct descent of Banquo. Shakespeare would not want to embarrass or insult the new King. In the plays Concluding speech, Malcolm refers to Lady Macbeth as a fiend like Queen. But was Lady Macbeth a fiend? To determine this it is important to realise that a fiend is a devil, a cruel person incapable of any remorse. Certainly Malcolm not having witnessed all that the audience knows of Lady Macbeth could well have thought this but Lady Macbeth also has very humanly characteristics throughout the play. ...read more.

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Again we see the power of Lady Macbeth over her husband, she makes him feel guilty she knows how to target his weak points to cause him to continue with his plans. This is certainly a display of evil by Lady Macbeth but her motive appears more to be to instil in her husband the killer instinct and the absolute resolution he will need if he is to achieve the destiny the witches have foretold. Act 2 scene 1 sees Lady Macbeth intoxicated in her own power `That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold what have quenched them hath given me fire' but this statement is tempered when she also say ` I laid the daggers ready he could not miss em. Had he not resembled my father as he slept, I had done't. Which means that she couldnt kill Duncan as he looked like her father. This shows a very human side of her nature, but the evil fa´┐Żade of her comes back when Macbeth returns from killing Duncan with blood still fresh on his hands obviously shaken by the whole experience. She says to him `My hands are of your colour, but I shame to wear a heart so white.' ...read more.

Conclusion

`Heres the smell of the blood, still : all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand, Oh Oh Oh!, She is displaying deep remorse and guilt in her dreams and yet a fiend feels no remorse? There is no doubt that Lady Macbeths conscience is making her ill In act 5 scene 5 Lady Macbeth kills herself , she does this because she knows her secret is out, but given the nightmares she has been having earlier on in act 5 it is clear that she can no longer live with her guilt. Her nights bring her no peace, and the days are even worse, and finally she can take no more. In conclusion it is clear that Malcolm feels very aggrieved at the death of his father but he is exiled to England following the death of Duncan and only returns to the action after the death of Lady Macbeth. He does not, as the audience do, witness the tortured soliloquies of Lady Macbeth which reveals her ordinary vulnerable humanity as she declines to an early death, apparently suicide `she as tis thought, by self and violent hands took of her life' This is evidence that Lady Macbeth is very ambitious for her husband and this leads her to encourage Macbeth into doing evil deeds. She does not murder anyone. ...read more.

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