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The analysis of the character of Lady Macbeth.

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The analysis of the character of Lady Macbeth The play of Macbeth is a story of a man and his ambition to become king. When Macbeth is returns from battle to his wife, Lady Macbeth, he comes across three witches. When Macbeth meets the three witches they prophesise that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor, and then the King of Scotland. Macbeth after being told of this prophecy writes a letter to his wife to tell her of the three witches and their prophecies. In this play a woman is the downfall of a man. Lady Macbeth is a small but essential role in the play, as she is always with Macbeth to make the influential point, which changes his decision to what she thinks is the best for him and their future. The most influential part of the play is when Lady Macbeth persuades Macbeth to slay the King of Scotland, Duncan, in Act I Scene VII. As soon as Macbeth arrives at his home, Dunsinane, Duncan, the King of Scotland, is invited to stay with them. This leaves it possible for Lady Macbeth to make the influential point that to become king, Macbeth would have to kill Duncan. Macbeth so greatly influenced by Lady Macbeth that he agrees to the murder of Duncan, which he would carry out. ...read more.

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Lady Macbeth becomes the only reason for the play to continue and follow the certain plot of deceit. Before killing the king Macbeth was happy with being thane and waiting to become king, 'If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me without my stir.' Also at this time he was still pondering the words of the witches and what they had said him. This is why he did not want to rush into the murdering of King Duncan as the witches told him that it would happen, but now the question was; Was the reason that he was king because the witches told him that he would become king so that he would commit the crime or would it have happened without the killing? After the murder the only way that Lady Macbeth was influencing her husband was to persuade him to keep the secret to himself and not to make any slips so that someone could accuse them. Even when the body of Duncan is found, in Act II Scene III, Lady Macbeth reacts shocked and upset, she faints and acts womanly as expected. 'Help me hence, ho.' Then lady Macbeth is helped off the stage as Macduff tells someone, 'Look to the lady.' Subsequently Banquo is killed due to the reason that he is more 'kingly' than Macbeth and therefore must be killed as to make sure that he does not over throw Macbeth as Macbeth had done to Duncan. ...read more.

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A doctor who is called in to tell us of her illness, informs us that it is sleepwalking and also tells us of her decrease in health. As the doctor examines her, while she sleepwalks, he hears of the murders and plots which she has influenced Macbeth to execute, which she had tried to contain for most of the play. She speaks of the plots and the murders of both Duncan and Banquo. The doctor tells the Gentlewoman, who is looking after Lady Macbeth, that he has heard of things that he never wants to talk of or hear about ever again, this implies that the plots were extremely devious. Now that we have heard of Lady Macbeth's deterioration we again do not hear from her again for the final duration of the play. The next thing that we are told of her is regarding that she has died, this is known because Macbeth hears a scream and inquires what it was. However we are not told of how she dies, whether it was suicide or that she died from another cause such as committing suicide due to her condition of sleepwalking as suggested by some film directors. However when Macbeth is told of this he says few words in which he say that she could have lived a great and prosperous life. However after this he continues with what he was doing before the death, this maybe due to the great amount of influence that she has put upon Macbeth. B.Southerst ...read more.

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