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Women in Elizabethan times, Lady Macbeth.

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Macbeth Essay In Elizabethan times, women where viewed as they should stay at home and not have a career or go to work and that they should do they house work and look after any children that they have. The women would have more status if they were rich and there husband had important job also if they were rich and there husband had an important job also if they were rich they would have servants and not do house work. If a woman was more ambisous they could encourage their husband to get a better more important job, which would then make the woman more important. In Elizabethan times they viewed witches as real and believed in magic they were seen as real evil and bad. Lady Macbeth was strong at the start and would order Macbeth around but as you go through the play she starts to go mad and (in the end) guilt catches with her and she loses her mind and she stops talking to Macbeth and tries to avoid him and they stop working as a team like they used to at the start of the play. At the start the witches told Macbeth that he would become king. This is what started the whole thing off, but after Macbeth told lady Macbeth, she egged him on and kept the whole thing going so that he would become king. ...read more.


Then in Act two scene three Macbeth tries to shift the blame off himself and move it on to the guards. He also killed them straight away so they could not clear themselves so that he would that he would not be suspected for the murder. He explains to every one he killed them. He says he killed them because he was so angry at them for killing the king. When Lady Macbeth sees the dead guards she acts very shocked and then she faints at one point, but she might have faked it because Macbeth was acting very badly and was looking a bit guilty so she might have done this to try to take attention off Macbeth. When she is doing this she is showing that she is looking after Macbeth and protecting him from everyone this shows that she is in control and is like a big brother looking after Macbeth like this. She is in control and in charge of him. Banquo tells Fealance to run away because Macbeth is going to kill him. When he escapes Macbeth fears for his throne returns and he becomes pardoned again. I Act 3 Scene 4 Macbeth starts to hallucinate. Lady Macbeth tells every one to carry on as normal and ignore it. She also says that he has done it before. She is also worried he might give away one of the secrets about killing king Duncan, or anything afterwards that might gibe them away. ...read more.


but you can understand her being frustrated because being an ambitious woman but at a time when woman are meant to stay quite and out of the way and see as not important. She musted have felt boxed in and helpless about doing what she wants to do in life Lady Macbeth motivations might have been that she was very ambitious but could go nowhere in life with out her husband actually doing so. When she read the letter this gave her the chance to become really important by getting Macbeth to kill king Duncan she would become queen. I don't think Lady Macbeth would have egged Macbeth on if she knew what all of the consequences would be. She thought it was just one person who they had to murder but it carried on and on and more people were killed. She thought it would have been simple when it was not. I think that Lady Macbeth wanted to be queen and was very ambitious but all the killing and keeping it a secret ate away at her and every day she was queen she would have been reminded of it. So I think she was too greedy for herself and didn't know when to draw the line. She was ambitious woman but she should have known she would not have been able to get away with it. She should have known the guilt would catch up with her in the end. ...read more.

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