The Character of Lady Macbeth by William Shakespeare
We are introduced to the character of Lady Macbeth in Act.1 scene 5,
after she reads the letter from Macbeth, and from the start you can
see that she is going to be evil. (Act.1 scene.5), " Yet do I fear thy
nature, It is too full o'th' milk of human kindness". You can see
already she is determined to do something about this problem, of
Macbeth being to kind and innocent to kill another person for him
self. "Hie thee hitherâ€¦.pour my spirits". So she can get him home and
change him into the man that could kill the king, by manipulating him,
"in thine ear". And changing his mind into being more like hers, more
ruthless, "The illness should attend it", more ambitious and
convictions. "Shalt be, What thou art promised". Here this is spoken
"Thou wouldst be great". At this point she is more determined and
motivated then him.
I can almost see that, if she were a man, that she could kill the king
without any remorse and guilt. "Unsex me hereâ€¦Stopâ€¦remorse". And she
would be able to do it without showing any pity for the king. "That no
compunctions â€¦Th' effect and it". And so no barriers should come
between her and her fulfilment of Macbeth becoming king, which shows
she loves him very much.
Throughout this scene I can see Lady Macbeth psyching herself up.
(Act.1 scene.5), "Come you spirits", so the evil spirits could take
"Come to my woman's beasts, And take my milk for gall". And so she
could be filled with rage and malice.
"Come thick night". So she can cover up her tracks in the night when
she goes to kill the king. And all this preparation of killing King
Duncan happens before she even meets Macbeth.
Once they do get together, she is still as evil-minded as before and
now becomes even more sinister and manipulative. (Act.1 scene.5), "My
dearest love, Duncan comes here tonight".