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What is your view of Lady Macbeth? Trace her development through the play, paying attention to her soliloquies and her conversation with Macbeth. Do you pity her?

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What is your view of Lady Macbeth? Trace her development through the play, paying attention to her soliloquies and her conversation with Macbeth. Do you pity her? Macbeth was written between 1606 and 1611, a time period in which women had a purely domestic and innocent role within the family. However I feel Shakespeare presents lady Macbeth as someone who is trying to escape from the bounds of being a woman to seek her ambitions. Through the play we see her becoming more determined to succeed with these ambitions until she is so caught up in evil she can no longer escape. The first time that we see Lady Macbeth in the play is when we see her reading Macbeth's letter with the witches, foreseeing his future as king, and telling the story of his encounter of Lady Macbeth, from this we get an idea of what kind of character she is. Having read the letter Lady Macbeth goes on to analyse Macbeth's character and consider whether he is ambitious and manly enough to seek what the witches had promised him, 'it is too full o'the milk of human-kindness to catch the nearest way.' Lady Macbeth feels that Macbeth is too honourable to seize chances, this also gives us a direct view of Lady Macbeth's character, because if she thinks Macbeth is too kind even though he is a soldier and kills many people in battle, she must be more evil than him. ...read more.


He has now absorbed her power I think this shows that she is a loving wife but the power she wants for herself, so maybe she is also an ambitious monster. After the murder of Duncan we again see Lady Macbeth in control, despite some nervous apprehension early on she is again in control of her and her husband. She planned the execution, and now it is her readiness of mind and strength of purpose that compensate for Macbeth failure to act decisively once the murder is committed. However ambitious Lady Macbeth acts in this scene even when she tells Macbeth not to think about what he ahs done. I think for the first time in the play we see that she is not actually completely evil, ' Had he not resembled my father as he slept, I had done't.' we can see that she would not go to any length to become queen yet she can still handle someone else doing it. This is where we realise that her denial of reality will in the end be her downfall. I think that as she is not totally evil, however she is awesome in her commitment, her pathetic belief in herself and the powers of darkness will in the end cause the demise of her plan. ...read more.


This scene highlights her as a loving wife because she knows that the worst is to come and that she is falling but she still attempts to rescue him from ruining his chances even if they have distanced and she now realises what they did was wrong. In the final scene in which we see Lady Macbeth, Shakespeare illustrates the complete collapse of Lady Macbeth's desired persona, as she shows her real self in her sleep, and she turns from an evil person to a weak, sleep walking woman, who is confessing to everything she has done and losing her power and telling all her secrets as she can no longer cover them up with her consciousness. Through the play we see her great ambition to help her husband become king by any means and she is prepared to have her womanhood taken away from her to be able to succeed in doing this. However we can see that she uses her womanhood to undermine Macbeth's manhood and get what she requires. Overall she may be the more powerful and brave in her relationship with Macbeth through her exploration of his honour, which gradually disappears, but in the end Shakespeare shows her ultimate futility in the sleepwalking scene where she has no power. Their fates are joined but her role and character support Macbeth's destiny but Macbeth, in the final analysis, is too preoccupied with his own role to give her support. ...read more.

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