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Lady Macbeth Characterisation Essay.

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Lady Macbeth Characterisation Essay After having read 'Macbeth', by William Shakespeare, I can see that Lady Macbeth is a manipulative and extremely evil character. From the very start of the play, after Lady Macbeth has read Macbeth's letter informing her of the witches' prophecies, her first words are: Glamis thou art, and Cawdor; and shalt be What thou art promised This shows how determined she is for her husband to become king. It is obvious that Macbeth will be king and there is no doubt about it. Lady Macbeth knows that the 'nearest way' for the prophecies to be fulfilled would be to kill the present king therefore she begins on a murder plan. She wants Macbeth to arrive to the castle as soon as possible so she begin working on him and persuading him to go forward with her evil plan. Hie thee hither That I may pour my spirits in thine ear And chastise with the valour of my tongue All that impedes thee from the golden round We can see that she will have to use the power and skill of her speech and almost force him to surrender if the 'golden round' is going to be achieved. Lady Macbeth is so sure that King Duncan will be murdered that she talks about the raven, a symbol of death, is 'hoarse' as it is croaking so loudly about the murder that is going to happen. ...read more.


I would, while it was smiling in my face Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums And dash'd the brains out, had I sworn as you Have done to this She is absolutely determined that the king is going to be murdered that she tells Macbeth she will take charge of everything. The audience would be shocked to hear a woman planning and taking control of a murder and even kill King Duncan herself as women were thought of as a fairer sex. She tells Macbeth to leave everything to her. ...and you shall put This night's great business into my dispatch She wishes the night to come quickly as she has every intention for this evil murder to take place quickly without anyone knowing. Come, thick night, That my keen knife see not the wound it makes We can see that she intends on killing the king but before this he must be provided with food, drink and a bed. He that's coming Must be provided for There is a double meaning here and it is not only for food, drink and the bed but also for the murder plan. We find out that she cannot kill Duncan herself as he looks too much like her father when he is asleep. Had he not resembled Mt father as he slept, I had done't This is the only piece of evidence in the entire play suggesting that this woman has some form of conscience. ...read more.


Lady Macbeth cleverly faints so that the attention would be diverted away from Macbeth. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth hold a formal banquet and they are concerned to make their first public entrance as impressive as possible. Macbeth has ordered Banquo and his son to be killed as he does not want Banquo's last prophecy to be fulfilled. During the banquet Macbeth has been informed of Banquo's murder, but he is not satisfied by Fleance's escape. Macbeth is asked to sit but he imagines Banquo's ghost sitting at his seat. Lady Macbeth tries to stop him raving about Banquo's ghost, which he only can see. Shame itself! Why do you make such faces? When all's done, You look but on a stool One of the guest questions Macbeth on what sights he is seeing but before Macbeth lets out the dreadful secrets slip in front of the guests Lady Macbeth cleverly dismisses them quickly. Stand not upon the order of your going But go at once. Lady Macbeth is certainly the strongest character of the two throughout Acts 1, 2, and 3. If it had not been for her then Macbeth would have not gone ahead with murder of the king. Her wickedness begins to fade as the play continues but this is exactly the opposite of Macbeth's character, as he becomes more evil as the play goes on. Her last valiant act was in the banquet scene. After this she quickly gets worse resulting in her death. Yahya Nakhuda 11MC ...read more.

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