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What is your opinion of Lady Macbeth as a wife and as a woman?

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What is your opinion of Lady Macbeth as a wife and as a woman? In the play 'Macbeth', there is one main relationship. This is between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth. At the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth is the stronger partner. She believes that with her help, Macbeth can become King of Scotland. She uses all her powers of persuasion to get Macbeth to murder the King. She plans all his actions and tells him how to show himself in public. What she doesn't plan is his growing passion for power and murder or even her madness. At the end of the play, the roles in the relation ship had changed, where she was once been the stronger partner, she becomes the weaker, and in the end, commits suicide. When we first meet Lady Macbeth in Act one Scene five, she is reading a letter sent from Macbeth, who had just had his first encounter with three witches and he was recalling it to Lady Macbeth. The witches had prophesised that Macbeth was the Thane of Glames, would be the Thane of Cawdor and later would be King of Scotland. From the moment Lady Macbeth reads the letter, she believes instantly that Macbeth will be king. She does, however, have some doubts, as she fears that Macbeth, 'is to full o' the milk of human kindness' to murder the King. Therefore, I think lady Macbeth feels she needs to be even stronger, in order to help Macbeth to succeed in the murder. The way that Lady Macbeth chose to become stronger, was to call upon "spirits that tend on mortal thoughts' and ask them to 'fill me, from the crown to the toe, top full/ Of direst cruelty!". In this way, she wanted them to 'unsex' her, to make her less feminine and to be able to not feel guilt and remorse. I think that Lady Macbeth had to do this, as inside she is a sweet, soft and kind natured woman. ...read more.

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This makes Lady Macbeth seem more powerful to Macbeth and to the reader. I do not think that lady Macbeth is naturally a powerful woman. I think that when she called upon the evil spirits in act one scene five, she became confused. I think that she believes she can live the life of an amazingly strong, courageous and powerful woman. However, when she no longer needs to live this life, when Macbeth is no longer around, then she becomes weak, regretful and cowardly. I think that these strong changes in character will have drastic effects on the soundness of Lady Macbeths' mind. The false courage of Lady Macbeth is seen again in this scene. When Macbeth comes from the murder, his hands are covered in blood and he fears that he will never get them clean. He fears that if he put his hands in the seas of the world, they would turn red from the amount of blood sees on them. Lady Macbeth ignores his comments yet again and points out to him that "A little water clears us of this deed". She seems to try to dismiss all of Macbeths' fears. I think that this shows her love him, in a way, as she does not want him to be scared. Yet when he questions with fear, what are to lady Macbeth great matters, such as the murder itself, she uses her love against him, as was seen in act one scene seven. The scene ends with Lady Macbeth and Macbeth returning to their bedchamber. As they do so, Lady Macbeth says to Macbeth, "Be not lost/ So poorly in your thoughts." I think this is quite ironic, as I think Lady Macbeth is quite lost in her mind seeing as she cannot keep to one personality. The next time we see Lady Macbeth is for a short period in Act two Scene two. ...read more.

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When Lady Macbeth enters the scene, she walks in carrying a taper to light her way, though she is deep in sleep. She has commanded that she always have light by her and this I think is because she is afraid of the thick black night. When we first met her in the play, she called upon evil spirits to make thick the night so that heaven could not look down and see the murder of the king. I think that because of calling on a black night, Lady Macbeth believes that heaven can still not see her or protect her and so she has to carry a light to feel safe. Where once she called upon evil spirits and freely let them into her, I think she is afraid of them and tries to ward them away from her using light. Another action she does while asleep is to rub her hands continuously, as if she is washing her hands. Earlier in the play she said to Macbeth that a little water would wash away the blood stains, but here she is seen to be mulling over the "Damned spot!" on her hand. In act two scene two, when Macbeth said "Sleep no more!" I think that this cursed Lady Macbeth, as now she does not sleep at all but sleepwalks aimlessly through each night. I also think that subconsciously she can remember all that Macbeth has said, such as "Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood/ Clean from my hand" and also all that she has said such as, "it will make us mad." With these, her mind is making what has been said be integrated into her life. Macbeth is a play about courage manipulation and of love. Macbeth uses his passion for power and acknowledgement of masculinity, to become king of Scotland. Without the help of one woman however, he could not have succeeded. Lady Macbeth is so full of blind love for Macbeth, that she becomes the backbone of his personality and in turn drives herself to suicide. Eleanor Robinson 10W 2 ...read more.

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