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Macbeth Critical Essay Recently, in class, I read "Macbeth", a tragic play by William Shakespeare. It tells the tale of what someone would do to become king, and who persuaded them to do it. I'm going to study Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth is Macbeth's wife who talked him into murdering King Duncan, so he could take the throne. She seems to have put this terrible deed to the back of her mind until she goes mad and this eventually leads to her suicide. At the end of the play Malcolm described Lady Macbeth as "a fiend-like queen". I'm going to investigate this quote and find the truth behind it. Throughout the play, we start to notice a change in Lady Macbeth's character. At the beginning she seems confident and controlling, and she would do anything in order to get her own way. ...read more.


"When you durst do it, then you were a man; And, to be more than what you were, you would Be such more the man." I think by saying this, Lady Macbeth means, that by killing King Duncan, Macbeth will become more of a man. It's also saying that if he were to kill Duncan it would show he had courage. Another character trait is that she always sticks to a plan. Nothing gets in her way, and she acts like she hasn't done anything. "Give me the daggers. The sleeping and the dead Are but as pictures; 'tis the eye of the childhood That fears a painted devil." To me, this means that she thinks the dead are just like the people sleeping as the are motionless. "My hands are of your colour, but I shame To wear a heart so white." ...read more.


"Get on your night-gown, lest occasion call us, And show us to be watchers. Be not lost So poorly in your thoughts." Here, she is saying that after murdering King Duncan, Macbeth was to go get his night-gown on and pretend he has been woken up by the knocking at the door. She tells him not to think about it too much, and to put it to the back of his mind like what she has done. I think Malcolm was right to describe Lady Macbeth as a "fiend-like queen" as even after doing such nasty things she got on with her life. In the quotes above, she makes it sound like an everyday activity, where you kill people to get to where you want to be. She thought that if putting the daggers back at the murder scene, washing her hands, and acting innocent, no one would ever suspect her or Macbeth. I personally think that she is a fiend and that, the quote suits her well. ...read more.

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