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Macbeth-The Role of Lady Macbeth.

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Macbeth-The Role of Lady Macbeth I have recently read the play "Macbeth" by famous English playwright William Shakespeare. In this essay I will focus on the character Lady Macbeth and her role in the play. It will analyse how she exploits the fact that Macbeth (her husband and great Scottish general) loves her deeply and would do anything for her to make him live out his "vaulting ambition" and achieve what she knows he is capable of and become "King of Scotland". The first time we meet Macbeth in the play is when he enters with Banquo (also a Scottish general) and is told a prophecy by three witches. First they address him as "Thane of Glamis". He knew he had this title but they go on to tell him he is the "Thane of Cawdor" then tell him he will be king soon after. "All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter." When he finds out he is truly "Thane of Cawdor" he believes that he will become king. Later, he writes to Lady Macbeth and tells her about this prophecy. ...read more.


Eventually he just tells his wife he will not murder Duncan. "We shall proceed no further in this business" Macbeth has tried to stamp his authority to halt his wife's plans. Lady Macbeth was not going to let this get in the way of her husband becoming king. She used her plentiful feminine powers to make Macbeth change his mind in favour of her plan. She started by calling him a coward. She also said how she would rather kill her own child than break a promise to her beloved husband Macbeth. "I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums And dash'd the brains out, had I so sworn As you have done to this." This would make Macbeth feel obligated to carry out the deed as he had sworn and he also had to prove to the woman he loved that he was not a coward. I think seeing Lady Macbeth's commitment would have made up his mind once and for all. ...read more.


Eventually her feminine feelings get the better of her and she starts to go slightly mad. From being the tough driving force that once said "A little water clears us of this deed" Has weakened and moments before she died she said "All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. O,O,O." She has become a wreck and dies soon after she had said that. It was only soon after she died that she was addressed as the "Queen" when Seyton says to Macbeth "The queen, my lord, is dead" This is Shakespeare telling the reader that maybe Lady Macbeth never wanted to be queen and that all she wanted was for her husband to be king because of her deep love for Macbeth. She didn't want personal success, she wanted success for Macbeth. Overall I think that everything in the play that Lady Macbeth does is for Macbeth. She is very important to the play and her role is to push Macbeth on to great things that she so desperately wants for him. She proves the saying "Behind every great man, there is a woman". ...read more.

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