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Macbeth Essay Lady Macbeth is the wife of Macbeth, Thane of Glamis. She is the essential figure in Shakespeare's play Macbeth because she was the one who strained him to kill the king to take over the throne. The audience knows she is an influential woman because she wants everything but at the price of the king's life. The authority Lady Macbeth got was from insatiability. Lady Macbeth becomes egotistical, resentful, petrified because of her determination as the play develops. The strength of her character escalates greatly. The initial impression of Lady Macbeth is that she is resolute and ambitious. She was first seen when she was reading her husband's letter about his meeting with the witches and their predictions. She was very pleased that Macbeth had become the Thane of Cawdor. So she started getting very courageous about becoming the future queen. Lady Macbeth was very similar to the witches in many ways in Act One. She calls evil spirits to make her evil and take away any kindness she has left "I may pour my spirits into thine ears", so that Macbeth doesn't feel sorry and leave the king alive. ...read more.


However she occasionally relieved him "But screw your courage to the sticking point and we'll not foul" this shows Lady Macbeth is being reassuring to Macbeth he is strong and no one can beat him in anything. Macbeth had a misapprehension about being the greatest. But irregularly she would really tease him "live a coward in thine own esteem, letting I dare not wait upon I would." Lady Macbeth is using verbal abuse to manipulate and cause pain to Macbeth. Lady Macbeth is very diverse from Macbeth at this stage of the play. She is the one out of the couple who has the most power by keeping making insults and manipulating Macbeth. Lady Macbeth is very much in control of the situation straight after the murder. She goes and puts the daggers near the chamber men while Macbeth was still in shock. Their hands were covered in blood which signifies murder "will great Neptune's ocean wash blood clean from my hands "Lady Macbeth replies "little waster clean us of this deed". ...read more.


This is called irony. Not sleeping signifies that she's feeling guilty and gets flash backs of the murder that wakes her up .Her and Macbeth's relationship has finished , they don't meet or talk to each other and Macbeth can't be bothered if she goes mad or even dies . She jumps off the balcony of her room and dies because she couldn't handle the flashback of the horrible night. Macbeth didn't even shred one tear for her, his own wife, as he had no relationship with her. He just walked past her dead body. Lady Macbeth has changed radically. At the beginning powerful she was demanding. However, the guiltiness hit her in the face and she started going insane she started reading the letter again that Macbeth had sent her that started everything. The audience would have said she got what she deserved. The response won't be different today because what she did was wrong. She was on evil's side and she did an enormous sin by killing the King in her house. Even in the 21st century the response would be the same, this woman didn't deserve to be alive. ...read more.

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