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'Lady Macbeth is the most interesting and disturbed character in this play.'

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  • Submitted: 17/03/2004
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GCSE Macbeth

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Shakespeare sees ambitious dominant women as evil, unnatural and destructive as many other men in the 16th and 17th century. He feels they must be punished and this is what we see throughout this play. Today we see ambitious dominant women as normal human beings. They are respected just as other people are and even respected more because people feel that once women have their heart set on something they long for it, like Lady Macbeth and her ambition to become Queen. Some men find powerful and dominant women pleasurable in this modern world.

There are definitely many reasons why Lady Macbeth is the most interesting and disturbed character in this play. The first time we meet Lady Macbeth's disturbing personality is in Act 1 Scene 5. For most of this scene Lady Macbeth is alone in a room, first reading a letter then speaking in soliloquy. In her first monologue she is basically saying that her husband, Macbeth, is not strong enough inside to murder King Duncan. She feels that her husband cannot commit the crime and expresses this to herself:

"... I do fear thy nature, / It is too full o'th'milk of human kindness ...'

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