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The Importance of Lady Macbeth

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The Importance of Lady Macbeth Lady Macbeth is a very important character in Shakespeare's "Macbeth". Without her, some of the main atrocities in the play would not have been able to take place. She is a strong influence on Macbeth. When she is with Macbeth, she feels strong and can go on. This isolation eventually leads to her destruction. Her strength motivates him at the start but after he realises what he has done, it is himself who continues in this murderous, bloody path. At the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth appears as a kind wife of Macbeth's but underneath lays a scheming and treacherous woman. Lady Macbeth's physical and mental power seems to be opposite to that of Macbeth's. She is the person who is able to persuade him into killing Duncan. She assures him that it will succeed. This is because her ambition is far greater than that of Macbeth's. This change in the character of Lady Macbeth is apparent after she reads the letter from Macbeth and as she calls on the evil spirits to make her wicked. ...read more.


After the murder has been done, Lady Macbeth shows just how strong a person she really is by using kind words and confidence to calm Macbeth down and prevent him from going insane, "The sleeping and the dead Are but as pictures; 'tis the eye of childhood That fears a painted devil." Lady Macbeth, however, jokes ironically with Macbeth about forgetting the incident as, "These deeds must not be thought after these ways: So, it will make us mad." At this point Lady Macbeth is in complete control and has tried to free Macbeth of guilt even though he did perform the deed, "My hands are of your colour, but I shame To wear a heart so white. Lady Macbeth is then able to exclaim in horror "What! In our House!", to the murder of Duncan, whilst in complete control, to draw away the suspicion from Macbeth. When, however, she finds out that Macbeth has killed the guards she faints "Help me Hence", but is this a another performance to draw attention away from Macbeth or did she faint from shocked dismay? ...read more.


Stand not upon the order of your going, But go at once." As Macbeth progresses with his evil acts, Lady Macbeth starts to go insane. She also hallucinates like her husband but this time about trying to cleanse her hands of the blood that will not wash off. Even though she maybe a strong character, she is reduced and battered by the deeds she has committed and her conscience eventually drives her insane. There is some irony in this as she was the one that was able to rid Macbeth of his conscience, but now hers has overcome her. She then kills herself unable to remove the "damned spot". At his wife's suicide Macbeth has already rid himself of his conscience, so much so, that Macbeth commits even more evil acts without even admitting her to his conscience. Over the course of the play, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth greatly change with respect to their characters and their personalities. Although Macbeth was weak at first it was the strong Lady Macbeth who helped him through the first murder but in sacrifice to controlling Macbeth and his conscience, she lost control of hers and in consequence turned insane and killed herself. ...read more.

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