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Macbeth Essay Lady Macbeths character changes throughout the play. Macbeth is one of the many plays that were written by William Shakespeare. It was written in 1605, it is based on a true-life story of 'The History of Scotland'. Shakespeare mainly wrote his plays to entertain royalty. Shakespeare's play is much more than a dramatic re-writing of the historical facts. He made many changes mainly so that Macbeth would be a 'play fit for a king'. One of the main characters in the Shakespearean play 'Macbeth', is the wife of Macbeth, lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth is a very two-sided character in this play. At one point of the play she is very powerful ambitious and evil and then suddenly she becomes trance like and feels really guilty. In those days the stereotypical view of women were Hardworking housewives who cooked cleaned and looked after the family. This was mainly because their egocentric husbands overpowered them. William Shakespeare went completely opposite this view, when He wrote Macbeth: Lady Macbeth wants to get rid of her femininity. '...Unsex me here...' She wants to get rid of the stereotypical view of women and be powerful. Lady Macbeth is described as a confident, ambitious, over- Powering, strong-minded, demanding, manipulate, deceitful, influential, and scheming woman. In Macbeth she took over the role of men. ...read more.


She realises that she has enough power over Macbeth to get him to do what she wants. She is also: Unnatural, she is willing to sacrifice her female side to a darker masculine one to give her strength. She is also: Evil, she wants to be controlled by evil spirits to give her strength. She wants to ignore any goodness in her so that she can carry out the murder without feeling guilty. In this scene her language is very strong and powerful. She is able to persuade Macbeth into what she wants him to do. The audience at this point will be extremely shocked and revolted by her horrific actions. She is suggesting that the king should be killed, which is the greatest crime of all, especially in a Shakespearean audiences eye because of the divine right of kings. To murder any man is a crime, but those who lived at the time of Shakespeare thought that the murder of a king was greatest of all crimes. Kings were appointed by God, to rule as His deputies; rebellion against a true king was like rebellion against God. Up to this point she has kept control, throughout the play she is persuading Macbeth and making sure he doesn't change his mind. In act 2 scene 5 she severely scold Macbeth for having second thoughts about committing the murder. ...read more.


Her language is simple and child like, she speaks in riddles and makes no sense at all. She is really confused and its like as if she is in a trance. Lady Macbeth's condition worsens, and she goes in and out of sleep with delirious visions. Macbeth asks the doctor to cure her or give her a drug that will erase the troubles of the heart. The doctor responds that he cures physical not moral problems. Later, as the battle ensues outside of Dunsinane, by unspecified means lady Macbeth commits suicide. At the beginning lady Macbeth finds strength to entice Macbeth to murder Duncan and to follow through with the murder herself. As times advances though, her pretended strength diminishes as she fights the torments of her conscience. Tending to her conscience engulfs and destabilizes her so that she cannot support Macbeth against Malcolm. Lady Macbeth's attempts suppress her conscience to fail. At the end she chooses death because she can no longer bear the torments of her guilt. At this point in the play the audience are meant to feel really sorry for lady Macbeth. Whatever happened, she deserved it, she new it was coming to her. Shakespeare chose to kill lady Macbeth to make 'Macbeth' a dramatic play. Now that she is dead Macbeth will die to as he depended on her. SADIA RAHMAN 10S ...read more.

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