Essay on the Image of Lady Macbeth

analytical Essay
936 words
936 words

The Image of Lady Macbeth Macbeth, one of the greatest tragedies written by William Shakespeare, tells a story about uncontrollable ambition, which destroys Macbeth and his wife. Interpreting the play using the mythological approach, Lady Macbeth exhibits a profound image as the terrible mother, more so than the “weird sisters.” Her evil intention foreshadows the awful fate and destiny of her family. The force that drives Lady Macbeth is her insatiable thirst for power. Macbeth does not have clear ambition to kill King Duncan till Lady Macbeth suggests him to do so. In Act I, Scene III, Macbeth finally encounters the witches and acknowledges their predictions although these temptations are extremely powerful for him. However, he responses: So foul and fair a day I have not seen. (Act I, Scene iii, line 39) It implies that Macbeth rebuffs the witches’ prophecy in the beginning. When he listens to their predictions, it brings Macbeth into a dilemma, whether to slay the King or not. Perhaps Macbeth means no more than that the weather is mixed ¡V that nature, like mankind, is to be know only by its ceaseless conflict of good and bad, and that a crisis in this conflict is now at hand.1 Whereas, the point is that the weird sisters never tell or encourage him to replace the monarch by murdering the King. All they express are only predictions rather than orders, and Macbeth absolutely owns the free agency to make a proper decision. Macbeth’s tragedy is not that he decides to kill Duncan but that he cannot become independent.2 The turning point of Macbeth’s ... ... middle of paper ... ... archetype woman of the ¡§Terrible Mother¡¨ or the ¡§Fatal Female.¡¨ Although, Macbeth is a brave and experienced warrior, and he seems to be perfect and upright, he still has he tragic flaw. He is not able to resist the teasing and temptation from his wife. Moreover, he is merely a puppet controlled by Lady Macbeth. In short, Lady Macbeth is a bourgeois individualist, for whom traditional ties of rank and kinship are less constitutive of personal identity than mere obstacles to be surmounted in the pursuit of one’s private ends.8 In the beginning, they have paved the way of the death for themselves. In the final part of the tragedy, the couple deserve a destructive outcome. As the result, the poetic justice is revealed. To sum up, if compare the weird sister’s prophecy to Pandora’s box, Lady Macbeth is the person who opens it.

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  • Analyzes how lady macbeth exhibits a profound image as the terrible mother, more so than the "weird sisters." her evil intention foreshadows the awful fate of her family.
  • Analyzes how macbeth doesn't have clear ambition to kill king duncan until lady macbeth suggests him to do so. he encounters the witches and acknowledges their predictions.
  • Analyzes how macbeth rebuffs the witches' prophecy in the beginning, which brings him into a dilemma, whether to slay the king or not.
  • Analyzes how lady macbeth, as a strong character, endorses the monarch to usurp him and eliminate some people who have the possibilities to recover the kingdom.
  • Analyzes how macbeth suffers from the confliction between ambition and loyalty. he is precisely controlled by the lady and loses his jeffersonian principles.
  • Analyzes how lady macbeth appears as an image of the terrible mother in the following ways: she fights bravely and selflessly to defend duncan’s country; however, under the emotional impulse, she turns him into an invisible enemy of duncan.
  • Opines that lady macbeth never feels the magnitude or the horror of killing the king, whose murder is for her merely the means of fulfilling her ambition.
  • Analyzes how lady macbeth, who has the insufficiency of moral sense, vividly performs as an archetype woman of the terrible mother or the fatal female.
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