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William Shakespeare's Macbeth

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William Shakespeare's Macbeth In the play "Macbeth" written by William Shakespeare, Lady Macbeth is

one of Shakespeare's most famous and frightening female characters. At

the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth is introduced as a dominant,

controlling, cold-blooded wife with an obsessive ambition to achieve

kingship for her husband. Her personality begins to change drastically

as the play progresses; it gradually disintegrates through a false

portrayal of unyielding strength, an unsteady control of her husband

and shifting involvement with supernatural powers. Her weak,

sheltered, unsure and unstable condition is only revealed at the end

of the play.

Her ambition for achieving kingship for her husband will drive her to

do anything. She manipulates her husband with remarkable

effectiveness, overriding all his objections, when he hesitates to

murder, she repeatedly questions his manhood until he feels that he

must commit murder to prove himself. She knows that Macbeth is a

strong person, and she must seem stronger to convince him to go along

with her. She now has to wear a "mask" of this determined and cold

character, creating more distance between her true self and Macbeth.

Lady Macbeth has the persuasiveness capable of humiliating someone

into murder, but has no personal capacity to execute "the dead",

though she spoke, at times, as if she would take the opportunity

whenever it arose. She claims that she can act to "look like the

innocent flower/But be the serpent under't" Lady Macbeth imagines that

she has the capability to be a remorseless and determined villain...

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of the play. She eventually goes delirious, carrying a lit candle

wherever she walked. Indeed, this behavior is a pathetic attempt to

try and fend off the real, evil darkness with a man-made light. She

looks to Lady Macduff with a countenance of that which would belong to

a ghost. She begins to express a compassion that she had never felt,

or at least shown, when she utters, "The thane of Fife had a wife.

Where is she now? What, will these hands ne'er be clean? Lady

Macbeth's decaying remorse she had chosen to restrain had sunken into

her brain, like a sump, slowly grabbing at her thoughts one by one.

The darkness had stripped her of her "mask" and she is now engulfed in

agony and sorrow. She is helpless. The thought of evil, which she once

sought after and accepted, was now an image of terror in her mind.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how lady macbeth is one of shakespeare's most famous and frightening female characters. she is a dominant, controlling, cold-blooded wife with an obsessive ambition to achieve kingship for her husband.
  • Analyzes how the play gradually disintegrates through a false portrayal of unyielding strength, an unsteady control of her husband, and shifting involvement with supernatural powers.
  • Analyzes how macbeth is a strong person, and she must seem stronger to convince him to go along with her.
  • Analyzes how lady macbeth has the persuasiveness capable of humiliating someone into murder, but has no personal capacity to execute "the dead".
  • Analyzes how lady macbeth is feeble-minded and overwhelmed with guilt at the end of the play. she convinces her husband to commit the murders.
  • Analyzes how lady macbeth's sensitivity becomes a weakness and she is unable to cope.
  • Analyzes how lady macbeth's shifting control over her husband is mainly responsible for aggravating the struggle between her morality, devotion and "vaulting ambition."
  • Analyzes how the woman's technique with macbeth has changed from shock and intimidation to restraint. the fire she once had, which drove her forward, is now no more than a minute spark.
  • Compares lady macbeth's fear of her infanticide analogy with her impulsiveness and instability. when she recognizes her incompetence, all else crumbles.
  • Analyzes how lady macbeth's relationship with the supernatural evolves from confidently seeking and obtaining the evilness, to being victimized by its power.
  • Analyzes how macbeth embraces the darkness and welcomes it, believing she is too "valorous" to be negatively affected by it. she eventually goes delirious, carrying a lit candle wherever she walked.
  • Analyzes how lady macbeth's decaying remorse had sunken into a compassion that she had never felt or shown.
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