Analysis Of Lady Macbeth

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Shakespeare created the character Lady Macbeth, arguably his most evil female character. Throughout the years there have been many adaptations of the text. Lady Macbeth is a central figure to the play. The courageous, ambitious and premeditated woman is driven to a deed that leads to the destruction of the ‘Divine Right of kings’ and alternatively her own destruction. As the play unfolds we see many different aspects of Lady Macbeth’s character.
In act 1 scene 5 Lady Macbeth is reading a letter, which she received from her husband, the letter contains information about Macbeth becoming Thane of Cawdor. Lady Macbeth knows that her husband “is too full o ' th ' milk of human kindness ” this quotation is a metaphor which suggests that Macbeth
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One of the main techniques she uses is emotional blackmail. “Was the hope drunk wherein you dress’d yourself” she is emasculating Macbeth and speaking to him like a naughty child. We can infer that lady Macbeth is a courageous woman that will stop at nothing to get what she may please. Lady Macbeth provokes her husband and eventually convinces him to take on the “horrid deed.” A Jacobean audience would see their relationship as unusual because in those days men were always superior to women but in this situation Lady Macbeth is being the more dominant figure in their…show more content…
We notice that Macbeth is very distressed because of what he has done but Lady Macbeth tells him to stop bemoaning over the deed he has carried out “I shame to wear a heart so white” suggests Macbeth is cowardly. In this sense we can see that Lady Macbeth is heartless. “What hath quench’d them hath given me fire” from this we can imply that Lady Macbeth feels unbeatable at this point in the play. Lady Macbeth does not understand the gravity of the situation, to her it is all a game. She feels a tiny bit of tenderness as we find out that Duncan is actually her uncle, she was going to kill Duncan but never could because he looked too much like her father, we notice this through the euphemisms that her and Macbeth use. The euphemisms such as “deed” show that they cannot bring themselves to admit they have killed the king. They have both realised that they have committed a sin against God. Macbeth is mentally scarred, he believes that he has “murdered sleep” his emotions make him acknowledge the fact that he will never be able to rest easy in his own bed again “Glams hath murder’d sleep, and therefore Cawdor shall sleep no more; Macbeth shall sleep no more” this is ironic because later on in the play Lady Macbeth is the one who “shall sleep no more” as the power of guilt finally breaks her
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