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What sort of person was Lady Macbeth?

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Introduction

What sort of person was Lady Macbeth? Is Lady Macbeth an evil character in Shakespeare's 'Macbeth', or is she just a caring wife? In this essay I will examine her character throughout the play and try to show how she changes. In the first scene where she is introduced to the play my first impression was she is evil. Her first scene is when she is reading a letter from her husband Macbeth. The letter tells her about the witches and his ambition to become King. She loves the idea of her becoming queen. Lady Macbeth realises immediately that they must kill Duncan if she is to become queen and she has no problem with this thought. Therefore, she calls on the devil for assistance, although she seems slightly afraid that she might be punished if God can see what she is up to. "The raven himself is hoarse That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan Under my battlements. Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of direst cruelty!................................................... Come, thick night, And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell," She is asking the devil to make her evil this shows she is not all evil but wants to be as ruthless a possible. ...read more.

Middle

So Lady Macbeth scolds for not smearing the blood of Duncan on the chamberlains. She goes herself to cover it up so they don't get caught. This shows she is made off strong stuff and she goes in to suggest that the blood stains on Macbeth and herself can be easily washed away. "Infirm of purpose! Give me the daggers. The sleeping and the dead Are but as pictures. 'Tis the eye of childhood That fears a painted devil. If he do bleed, I'll gild the faces of the grooms withal, For it must seem their guilt." Here Lady Macbeth is saying how Macbeth is as scared as a child is, and cannot even smear the grooms with blood. He has just returned from killing Duncan and is very upset and got scared, and ran to Lady Macbeth for comfort. She doesn't comfort him. This shows she is evil and is obsessed with being queen. Lady Macbeth has built up Macbeth's courage and his evil side. So after the murder of Duncan he feels more confident in himself and drifts away from his wife and towards the witches. The witches tricked him while Lady Macbeth used her own method of pushing him. ...read more.

Conclusion

for being upset at the sight of blood saying, "My hands are of your colour; but I shame to wear a heart so white................................ A little water clears us of this deed." For all her toughness at the time of the murder she had by the sleepwalking scene shown herself to have weaknesses. She is feeling giluity and is unable to sleep because she connot forget the murder scene. Lady Macbeth is trying to clean herself and wash away the evil. Her husband is now the stronger character. However, we have seen the evils that they have committed, and I think that Lady Macbeth knew they were about to be caught so she committed suicide. I think I have shown that Lady Macbeth was a evil woman. She convinced Macbeth to murder Duncan, and would have killed her own child to have the power of Queen. Or at least she said she would have done. Perhaps she was stronger with words than deeds, and once the deed was done (by her husband influenced by her) she could not live with it. She is in some ways a complicated character but in conclusion I think she is like alot of people pushed by ambition into an act of evil that then haunts them forever. ...read more.

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