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William Shakespeare – Macbeth – Summative Response – Lady Macbeth In William Shakespeare’S “the Tragedy of Macbeth”, Many Issues and Themes Are Raised.

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William Shakespeare - Macbeth - Summative Response - Lady Macbeth In William Shakespeare's "The Tragedy Of Macbeth", many issues and themes are raised. Such issues and themes include power, ambition, corruption, the supernatural, and even sexism and women's rights. The characters Shakespeare has created were original in conception, varied, and skillfully developed. The most notable character, other than Macbeth, is his wife Lady Macbeth. I believe Lady Macbeth is the most notable character because she undergoes a complete character transformation. She goes from a motivated, power-hungry woman to a guilt-ridden woman with emotional and mental problems. At the beginning of the play, indeed in her first soliloquy, she appears to be a dominant, controlling, heartless wife with an obsessive ambition to achieve kingship for Macbeth. This image is clear in her soliloquy in Act V Scene V, she states, after reading Macbeth's letter that: "Yet I do fear thy nature; It is too full o' th' milk of human kindness" (I.V.17-18) She realises that for Macbeth to become king he must kill Duncan, who is already King of Scotland. However, Lady Macbeth fears Macbeth is not strong enough to follow through in this act of regicide, she therefore plans to coerce him by 'nagging' him ("That I may pour my spirits in thine ear.")1 Lady Macbeth shows deviousness, as well as control of Macbeth, at the end of Act I Scene V. ...read more.


Lady Macbeth imagines that she has the ability to be a remorseless and determined villain, but she isn't anything of the like in reality. She knows Macbeth is a strong person, deep within, and she feels as though she must seem stronger to convince Macbeth to act out this terrible crime. After the details of the regicide have been clarified, and after the crime itself, Lady Macbeth changes her technique with Macbeth from shock and intimidation to restraint. She states that he "must leave this"5, which appears to calming and unworried. Lady Macbeth's control over Macbeth has waned, and over herself, her control is dwindling as each second passes. The fire she once had, which drove Macbeth forward, is now no more than a minute spark. She asks Macbeth, "what's to be done?"6, which is a drastic, indeed dramatic change in control. Lady Macbeth is now in awe of Macbeth, a sharp contrast to when Macbeth was in awe of Lady Macbeth's infanticide analogy. We don't hear much from Lady Macbeth for the duration of the rest of the play. She is present at the feast Macbeth holds after Banquo is murdered, but makes no significant comments other than to attempt to excuse Macbeth's outbursts at the sight of Banquo's ghost. ...read more.


In addition to her gift of harsh control over Macbeth resulted in a perilous journey for a shared goal and the demise of not only herself but also her husband. It is in Act V Scene V that Macbeth is informed of Lady Macbeth's suicide, which was almost certainly a result of these many factors. Lady Macbeth's suicide prompts Macbeth to reflect on his own existence. Macbeth's general outlook proved to be a brief contemplation on the meaninglessness of human actions: "Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time; And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more. It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury Signifying nothing." (V.V.19-28) Macbeth realises everything he strove for in life was in vain; Lady Macbeth's suicide seems more like an escape from their worthless life. Perhaps if Macbeth and Lady Macbeth were happy with who they were, they would not have allowed power, ambition, corruption, and supernatural forces affect their chances at happiness. Written by Cameron Dormer, 11B59, on Thursday, February 28, 2002. Approximately 1300 words. 1 (I.V.27) 2 (I.VI.1) 3 (I.VII.31) 4 (I.VII.44) 5 (III.II.35) 6 (III.II.45) ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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