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Lady Macbeth- good or bad?

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DISCUSS WHETHER OR NOT YOU BELEIVE LADY MACBETH WAS A BAD PERSON OR NOT In this essay I am going to talk about Lady Macbeth and whether she was a good or bad person. This is a very contentious argument. There are many obvious reasons as to why we could see Lady Macbeth was a bad person such as she was involved in the murder of King Duncan. However, she repented for what she did and felt very guilty about it which could show that she changed to become a good person. In Act 1 Scene 5 Lady Macbeth reads a letter from her husband detailing the encounter with the witches and how they said that he would be thane of Cawdor and then king and Banquo would be a father of a line of kings. She immediately resolves to have Duncan killed to fulfill the prophecy. A messenger brings news of the king's imminent arrival. Macbeth appears and they begin to plot the assassination of the king. By reading and analyzing this scene I think that Lady Macbeth was very power-hungry and she would do anything to get what she wanted. She was overly-ambitious. ...read more.


She isn't bad, she is just ambitious. And it was also the witches fault as they are the ones who started all of this and they are the ones who told Macbeth about the prophecies and encouraged him. The body language she uses in this scene are quite strong and powerful which shows that she was ready to do anything. In Act 2 Scene 2 Lady Macbeth waits in the courtyard for her husband. A shaken Macbeth appears and informs her that he has done the deed. She is horrified to discover that her husband did not leave the bloody daggers at the murder scene and he refuse to go back to Duncan's chamber. As Lady Macbeth leaves to return the daggers, a loud knocking is heard. When she rejoins Macbeth, they retire to their bedchamber to make it appear that they had been sleeping. After analyzing this scene I think that Lady Macbeth was also evil in this scene. This is because she was not afraid of killing Duncan or ashamed although Macbeth was. When Macbeth had come back with the daggers she said "Give me the daggers" in quite a forceful tone which indicates that she does not care about the blood. ...read more.


to reassure herself that no one will find out. Eventually, in later scenes, the paranoia manages to kill her. However, there is some evidence that she was feeling guilty and she repented what she did as she says "out, damned spot! Out, I say!" This could be representing the tiny spot of guilt that she has that she can not get rid of. In this scene Lady Macbeth is less confident and controlling and power-hungry and is more sympathetic and paranoid. Her body language also tells us that she was paranoid and nervous as when she walked she was very cautious and quite jumpy. There are many reasons on both sides of the argument. She could be seen as a good person because she was a good and supportive wife who was just a bit over-ambitious. It wasn't really her fault; the witches are the ones that encouraged them. And near the end she started to feel guilty about what she did and repented it and she killed herself because of the guilt. However she could also be seen as a bad person because she was the one that convinced her husband to kill the king and at that time killing the king was a very big sin. ...read more.

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