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Lady Macbeth 2

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To describe Lady Macbeth, one must consider all the aspects of her character. Lady Macbeth comes across as a woman who is driven by ambition and consumed by greed. She craves power, as she believes that it will benefit the both her husband and herself. I believe that her aspirations are the harbingers of the inherent evil inside of her. Lady Macbeth's other vices such as her cunning ability to deceive and manipulate also stem from her desire. On the other hand, she possesses certain redeeming qualities: she is a determined woman who knows how to plan and take charge of matters. In the first act, Lady Macbeth is a stronger, more dominating character than her husband. The first trace of Lady Macbeth's domination is during her soliloquy, when she predicts Duncan's death, with the sentence, 'the raven himself is hoarse that croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan under my battlements'. ...read more.


Also, I suspect that Lady Macbeth has pagan leanings, because she solicits with creatures of the night. She also cries out for the 'murdering ministers' to unsex her, making her masculine. It seems contradictory, as Macbeth who is the man, is portrayed as weaker than her. She wants to dispose of her natural feminine virtues such as of kindness, compassion and replace them with ruthless and cruel characteristics so that she can do the bloody deeds necessary to seize the crown for husband. Another fragment of Lady Macbeth's malevolence is when she exclaims 'O! Never shall sun that morrow see'. I think whenever she makes statements like that there is a malignant tone in her voice because when Duncan is murdered, Macbeth can gain direct access to the throne, thus benefit her. ...read more.


She wants her blood to be thickened, and the passages to remorse to be stopped, so she will not feel any pity when she carries out her sinister plans. Lady Macbeth also wants to be filled from 'crown to the toe top full of direst cruelty', in which Lady Macbeth is a deceitful person, and is evident when she tells her husband to 'beguile the time and look like the time' and to 'look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent underneath'. With these two quotations, Lady Macbeth wants her husband to be hospitable, but hide his sinister intentions inside, so that the people who are coming will not suspect him. Lastly Lady Macbeth warns him that if he 'alters favour' during important moments, things may not go according to plan, giving them a reason to fear. Lady Macbeth's soliloquy is a good insight to her dubious nature. She is hungry for the throne, and it is evident in her actions. ...read more.

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