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Evil Character In Macbeth

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The majority of the audience of “Macbeth” thinks that the most evil character in the play is either Macbeth or the witches, this is untrue. Lady Macbeth starts the play as the main evil character, but through character progression, we see she truly regrets her actions, she becomes one of the “good” characters. In the first two acts of “Macbeth” we see Lady Macbeth being the leading contributor in Duncan's murder, and convinces Macbeth to follow through with it. As the play progresses, there is evidence that Lady Macbeth is regretting her actions, and has remorse for what she, and her husband have done. Towards the end of the play, you see that Lady Macbeth has become obsessed with the murders she has taken part in. Psychologically she has been…show more content…
Macbeth sends word that he has been crowned thane of Cawdor, including that he has learned that the prophecies say he will be king of Scotland. Hearing about her potential moment at the crown Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth, “I have given suck, and know how tender tis to love the babe that milks me; I would while it was smiling in my face have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums, and dash’d the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done this.” (I vii 59-64) Lady Macbeth doesn’t appear to have any good qualities after she stated she would murder her infant child for a chance at being queen. Lady Macbeth seems to be evil at this moment, which makes her dynamic character development all the more…show more content…
Macbeth is so focused on remaining king, that when a woman's scream is heard throughout the castle he is barely bothered by it. Asking what that sound was, a servant responds “the queen my lord is dead” (V v 17) One of the major tragedies in “Macbeth” is Lady Macbeth’s suicide, which Macbeth brushed off as if Lady Macbeth meant nothing to him. This is the biggest evidence of Lady Macbeth not being the truly evil character. She showed worry and serious emotion for her husband. In contrast Macbeth didn’t care that his wife had died. This is where we see Lady Macbeth was more of a victim then criminal. She reached out for help, and regretted her decision. However she doesn’t receive a second chance as she took her own life because of the guilt of all the actions she
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