Evil Character In Macbeth Essay

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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 altered beyond saving, which results in her taking her own life. Starting the play, Lady Macbeth acts in a way that nobody would feel sad about her ultimate demise. However, following her actions throughout the play, shows that she truly regrets her actions, and she was caught up in the moment of the crown, instead of being a completely terrible person. The first evidence in “Macbeth” of Lady Macbeth being the main evil character is when she learns about the witches prophecies. 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... ... middle of paper ... ...he progression of the play, Lady Macbeth’s character goes through a dynamic development. From the beginning of the play to her suicide her character comes full circle. During the first two acts, Lady Macbeth was merciless and only cares about herself and her husband. She was the driving force for the murder of Duncan, also being the more power hungry then Macbeth. Through the next acts, Lady Macbeth is shown to regret her actions, and is more about enjoying the position they are in, rather than trying to get more. She protests the murder of Banquo because he had always been good to the Macbeths. As the play comes to an end, we see her making the ultimate sacrifice, she kills herself for the crimes she and Macbeth have committed. This finally proving that she started the play as evil, but ended it as a victim of the moment and of power. By Marshal Fleming
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