Essay on Lady Macbeth as a Friend-Like Queen in William Shakespeare's Play

Essay on Lady Macbeth as a Friend-Like Queen in William Shakespeare's Play

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Lady Macbeth as a Friend-Like Queen in William Shakespeare's Play


To answer this question I am going to study and analyse the text
thoroughly to determine whether I agree or disagree with Malcolm's
statement. I will do this by looking at both sides of the argument and
by concluding with my own opinion based on the evidence I will
present.

Another word for fiend is monster. A monster is generally considered
to be inhuman and Lady Macbeth does show inhuman qualities throughout
the play but towards the end of the play she changes.

When she first enters the play in act one scene five, where she reads
a letter from Macbeth, he refers to her as his- "Dearest partner of
greatness". For women in medieval, eleventh century Scotland this
would have been very uncharacteristic: a women's place would have been
in the home and generally they wouldn't have had political opinions or
ambitions and would not have been equal to men. Even when the play was
written in the eighteen hundreds, women were viewed as inferior to
men. The role of a woman is epitomised in Lady Macduff. She is soft,
domestic, child bearing and feminine. She doesn't have any political
opinions or ambitions, unlike Lady Macbeth. The comparison between the
two wives shows us how and why Lady Macbeth sacrifices her femininity
and why she did so. She doesn't just want her husband to become king
but she wants to become Queen. Shakespeare was quite sexist and had a
hatred for woman which shows in some of his plays, so maybe he is
saying that Lady Macduff is what a woman should be and Lady Macbeth is
not.

Lady Macbeth is very ruthless and "fiend-like" in the way she goes
a...


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...o sympathise with her. The brilliant phrase "look like the
innocent flower, be the serpent under it" shows us her fiend-like
tendencies and slyness. In Roman Polanski's film of the play Macbeth,
he takes the text literally and has Lady Macbeth played by an innocent
flower (soft and beautiful), which is an interesting way to perceive
the play as most productions have a dark evil actress playing the
character of Lady Macbeth. Although towards the end of the play when
her possible schizophrenia emerges, we discover she is living two
lives, that she isn't completely ruthless and she does show some guilt
just in strange ways. However overall I do agree with Malcolm's
statement that Lady Macbeth is a "fiend-like Queen", in the way she
went about becoming Queen and in the way she ruled, even if it was
only for a brief period.

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