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Lady macbeth sympathy

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"Lady Macbeth is a character who deserves no sympathy" To what extent do you agree with this view? In the play Macbeth, we see a very complex character, in the figure of Lady Macbeth. She changes throughout the play, first being a cruel and controlling woman, planning the murder of King Duncan, however we then see her suffer from guilt and later depression .This proves she regrets her and her husband's actions. Lady Macbeth and Macbeth are initially a team yet the ambition for power takes over. During the time when the play was written and along with when the play is set (11th/12th century) to kill the king was ultimate sin as of the Divine Right of Kings this was an encouraged belief. Guilt overtakes Lady Macbeth and she becomes weak and soft hearted. So when we think about her, we think of a cruel and evil woman who becomes a distressed victim. The audience, in my view, should consider the reasons for Lady Macbeth's actions and have sympathy for her. ...read more.

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Shakespeare also shows through out the play that when Lady Macbeth is foul, Macbeth is fair, and when Macbeth is foul, Lady Macbeth is fair. Here we see that Lady Macbeth is foul as she is so desperate to have power. The fact that she wasn't aware of the murder of Banquo and Macduff's family could mean she didn't agree to it, Macbeth didn't even have to courtesy to consult her about the murders. The only thing she is told by Macbeth is "be innocent of the knowledge ,dearest chuck" which provides a sense of secrecy and the inability to confide in her. If she had known about the planned assassinations maybe she would of possibly talked Macbeth about it furthermore until these murders took place Lady Macbeth was in control. This major event changed the audience's perspective on the manor in which the relationship was run. However as the story progresses and Lady Macbeth's character is fully revealed, it is reasonable to feel sorry for her. ...read more.

Conclusion

This means Macbeth will let chance and fate decide what happens and try not to get involved and interfere. But Lady Macbeth does not see this way as she sees it as an opportunity to take the crown and believes that Macbeth will do this for her. Shakespeare also shows through out the play that when Lady Macbeth is foul, Macbeth is fair, and when Macbeth is foul, Lady Macbeth is fair. Here we see that Lady Macbeth is foul as she is so desperate to have power. When a messenger arrives with the news that Duncan is coming, Lady Macbeth calls on the heavenly powers to "unsex me here" and fill her with cruelty, taking from her all natural womanly compassion, this proves that she is the victim of witchcraft, ENDING CONCLUSION!!!!! Lady Macbeth is not a monster but a flawed human being. She commits an act that can't be undone, and then can't live with the guilt. By making her sympathetic, Shakespeare forces us to acknowledge the evil-- and good-- that exist in all of us. ...read more.

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