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Macbeth: Lady Macbeth's Character.

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Macbeth: Lady Macbeth's Character Lady Macbeth is a fierce and argumentative figure. She is seen as simple and realistic whereas Macbeth seen as complicated and imaginative. She can see what must be done; he takes the consequences. We can definitely notice a change in her character throughout the play. At the beginning in Act 1 scene 5, she is seen as Domineering, Ambitious, calculative, cunning and cool. As the play moves on, after the death of Duncan and the noticeable change in Macbeth's character, these qualities seem to deteriorate. She breaks down under the sin of murder and is propelled into a life of sadness and discomfort as she is seduced by the evil within her. She is seen by some readers as a woman of strong will, who is ambitious for herself and who is bright enough to recognise her husband's strengths and weaknesses, but ruthless enough to exploit them. They see her in her commitment to evil and, in her realisation that the Crown has not brought her the happiness she had expected, and finally, as one who breaks down nuder the strain. Other readers see her as a woman ambitious for her husband who she loves. ...read more.


If he do bleed, I'll gild the faces of the grooms withal; For it must seem their guilt. [Exit. Knocking within.] MACBETH: Whence is that knocking? How is't with me, when every noise appals me? What hands are here? ha! they pluck out mine eyes. Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather The multitudinous seas in incarnadine, Making the green one red. {Re-enter LADY MACBETH.} LADY MACBETH: My hands are of your color; but I shame To wear a heart so white. She is saying to him that they are on the same grounds, so don't worry, but she doesn't like him being such a wimp and would like him to pull him self together Knocking within.] I hear a knocking At the south entry: retire we to our chamber; A little water clears us of this deed: She then instructs Macbeth what to do to give him support How easy is it, then! Your constancy And tries to sound cheerful Hath left you unattended. [Knocking within.] Hark! more knocking. Get on your nightgown, lest occasion call us, 70 And show us to be watchers. ...read more.


She feels vulnerable because she feels insecure without the input of her husband being around her. Eventually Lady Macbeth is driven to suicide by her problems at the end and in Act 5 Sc. 5 her death is reported to Macbeth 'Seyton- "The queen, my lord is dead." I think that if Macbeth hadn't of gone behind her back with the planning of the 2 murders he wouldn't have made the irrational decision because Lady Macbeth would have thought over their actions better. She would have felt better because she would have felt in better control and knowing of the situation. I felt no sympathy for Lady Macbeth throughout the play and feel that the outcome was entirely her fault and that the blame could not be blamed elsewhere. This was because at the beginning she was too overwhelmed with her fantasy of her and Macbeth sitting on the throne. I feel that this fantasy may have been aggravated by her excitement of her husband actually fulfilling the sister's proposal, by becoming the Thane of Cawdor. She was too ambitious for her own good and should have left matters to naturally find their way rather than meddling with them in the way that she did. ...read more.

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