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Was Lady Macbeth A Good Wife To Macbeth?

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Nadya Hilliar October 2001 Was Lady Macbeth A Good Wife To Macbeth? There are many qualities, which would have contributed to being a good wife in Shakespeare's era. The most important qualities were; loyalty, trust, understanding, love, and shared ambitions. Although many people immediately regard Lady Macbeth as pure evil, she did actually have many of these character traits towards her husband, making her a good wife towards her husband. Lady Macbeths new found obsession with evil was most likely not one of her natural character traits, but was encouraged by her strong ambition for power, shared by husband. If Macbeth had not sought advice from evil spirits, Lady Macbeth may not have had such evil thoughts growing in her mind and could have remained in her natural form. Lady Macbeth's reaction to the letter received from her husband shows how she and her husband had shared goals and a strong taste for power. It is apparent that Lady Macbeth is not naturally evil wherein she must call in the evil spirits to; "Unsex me here, and fill me with direst cruelty". Lady Macbeth is calling on the evil spirits to remove all of her natural and womanly kindness, and replace it with the densest, darkest, fierce and cruel forms of evil. By making this speech, it is shown how Lady Macbeth could not have prepared herself for the murder of Duncan without the help of the evil spirits as she was too full of the natural feelings of a conscience. ...read more.

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is said in such a tone. After Lady Macbeth has changed Macbeth's mind, she is described as; "Undaunted Metal", which portrays her as a hard, though, and insensitive "woman". Macbeth also says; "Bring forth men children only", as men would stand for the future kings and fighters of society. Lady Macbeth then appears not to be scared of anything. We know that this is a front or she would not mentally crack up through guilt and regret later on in the play. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are very close when they are planning the murder of Duncan, as they are generally planning and working together. They worked together by means of Lady Macbeth planning the exact details of the murder, and obviously planning it well for it to work so well, and, Macbeth committing the murder. Lady Macbeth did make sure that Macbeth was not to be caught, as when Macbeth foolishly brought the daggers back with him from the murder, she made sure that they were replaced so that the guards would definitely be blamed for the murder, and no suspicion placed on the Macbeth's. When it is discovered that Duncan has been murdered, Lady Macbeth attracts attention to herself by fainting when they are trying to establish what happened. Lady Macbeth does this or similar things to this at many occasions which shows her devotion to working in a team with her husband. ...read more.

Conclusion

Even though Lady Macbeth was evidently the stronger character, as their relationship grew further and further apart, she began to suffer immensely from the consequences of her and her husbands plans and actions, while her husband was consulting in further evil. Lady Macbeth and Macbeth's relationship eventually shrinks into so little value that when Macbeth hears the news of her suicide, he portrays a very nihilistic attitude by saying; "She should have died hereafter", meaning her time to die had come anyway. We then see how much Macbeth has changed through evil, with his speech, which reflects how worthless his whole effort was and the pointlessness of life; "Out, out brief candle (referring to his wife's death), Life walking shadow...struts and frets on stage...heard no more (dies)". It is only at this point when he finally wishes his deeds were undone, and is still relying heavily on the witches' predictions. It is when he is confronted by Macduff, that he realises he has been fooled by the witches, and how they "play with words". Regardless of this, he is aware that he is going to die anyhow. The fact that Lady Macbeth took her own life through the mental strain and guilt shows that she was not simply an evil, wicked woman, because she would not have felt so full of resource and regret if that was correct. I think that Lady Macbeth's guilty reactions reflected her true nature and that the evil phase was part of a strong ambition and taste for power, status and violence. ...read more.

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