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Lady Macbeths character in the play 'Macbeth'

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Lady Macbeth Essay Lady Macbeth is one of the main characters in the play 'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare. Her character is very strong, at the start of the play, and is seen as controlling Macbeth, her husband, but a dramatic change is seen to be happening throughout the play, and by the end she is a completely different character. But was she a fiend like Queen who deserves her fate of death? When you are first introduced to lady Macbeth it is when Macbeth has returned home from war. They are both extremely happy together and seem very much in love but upon the king's arrival it is obvious that lady Macbeth is the more controlling person in the relationship. Lady Macbeth is greatly needed by Macbeth, a lot more than she needs him, which seems to make her even stronger as she needs to look after Macbeth. This is especially apparent when they are preparing to kill King Duncan as when he is extremely nervous and panicky lady Macbeth is strong and confident. ...read more.


This means that by killing Duncan he will no longer sleep as his guilty conscionce will give him nightmares, whereas Lady Macbeth says: "A little water clears us of this deed" showing that the murder was nothing to her and she can forget about it instantly, putting it to the back of her mind so that it doesn't affect her. Now that the King is dead it means that Macbeth is in line for the throne as his official successor. When Macbeth becomes King he seems to become a lot more powerful and confident. This mean that Lady Macbeth can no longer control him. He starts doing more without consulting his wife, like killing again, this time a man called Banquo. He then tells her: "Be innocent of knowledge, dearest chick." Lady Macbeth starts to feel more helpless but Macbeth is still weak and sees images of the dead Banquo even when awake. This shows that Lady Macbeth is now weaker than Macbeth ever was and she can no longer cope with the guilt of what she has done or what she has turned Macbeth into. ...read more.


Nearer the end of Macbeth you can easily tell that Lady Macbeth has gone wuite mad, and, in the end she ends up commiting suicide. This shows that she cannot take anymore having to see the blood on her hands and replaying duncan's murder over and over again in her head. So, was Lady Macbeth a fiend like Queen who deserves her fate? I feel that she did deserve her fate. I think this because throughout the first half of the play Lady Macbeth was an awful person. She ordered Macbeth around constantly and even forced him into murder. What was even wore is that after the murder she didn't feel in the slightest bit guilty for what she had made her husband do just so he could become King, which would make her Queen. She turns her husband into a Killer with no conscience and herself into and insane women constantly seeing things. So Lady Macbeth has done it to herself and did deserve her fate. ...read more.

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