Macbeth

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Lady Macbeth possesses an internal flaw of ambition that is triggered by external forces leading her to corruption. Lady Macbeth’s internal flaw becomes prevalent due to her influential reign over her husband, Macbeth. It is first seen after Lady Macbeth reads the letter sent by Macbeth and performs her soliloquy, “That I may pour my spirits in thine ear/And chastise with the valor of my tongue/All that impedes the from the golden round...” (I, v, 25-27) Though Lady Macbeth’s quality of ambition becomes obvious, it is yet shown in which favor it prevails; good or evil. However, it is foreshadowed to which path Lady Macbeth will walk due to the custom of the external forces that ultimately triggers her flaw. This is seen when Lady Macbeth reads the letter sent from her Macbeth, “They met me in the day of success, and I have learned by the perfectest report they have more in them than mortal knowledge... these weird sisters saluted me, and referred me to the coming on of time with ‘ Hail, king that shalt be!’” (I, v, line ?) Witches are very well known for their malicious endeavor during Shakespeare’s time, and the simple prophecy that they imbed in Macbeth’s mind is done the same to Lady Macbeth when done accounting to the letter. Lady Macbeth is drowned in delight as she believes the prophecy to the full extent where she is taken aback to the point where it influences her internal flaw of ambition to negatively entitle her. Lastly, it is evident that ambition corrupts her as she is derived onto a path of evil. This is first seen when Lady Macbeth demoralizes her husband in attempt of persuasion to murder king Duncan, “What beast was’t, then,/That made you break this enterprise to me? When/ You durst do it, then you were a man...”...

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...hed away, knowing it is infeasible. The sleep walking demonstrates how consciously, Lady Macbeth may be able to lie to herself of the guilt that corrupts her. However her unconscious mind brings about the guilt and churns it into sleep walking where the audience becomes aware of her deep regret. Through prolonged guilt eating away at Lady Macbeth’s consciousness, she realizes her burden is too much to bare. With Macbeth preparing for battle, he is interrupted by agonizing screams. Hastily, Seyton inspects the situation with tortuous news. “The queen, my lord, is dead.” (V, v, ?) This news brings great debate over what caused Lady Macbeth’s death, however, it is largely believed that it was due to suicide. Most logically, suicide fits the shoe because of the overwhelming guilt that is previously seen in Lady Macbeth’s sleep walking.

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