Macbeth Essay Lady Macbeth is a cunning and ruthless character who initially exhibits minor conscience towards her actions; however, as the immensity of her ambitious actions to be queen begin to sink in, she is overwhelmed by guilt. Lady Macbeth’s cruel and calculating nature is first observed when she finds of the witches’ prophecy and she cunningly endeavours to convince Macbeth to murder the king. Once persuaded, Macbeth carries out the deed of killing King Duncan. Without remorse, Lady Macbeth frames the King’s grooms by smearing them and their daggers with Duncan’s blood. In Act 5 Scene 1 Lady Macbeth begins sleepwalking and having nightmarish visions as thoughts of the murders consume her and this taxes her mental and physical strength. Finally, Lady Macbeth takes her own life as the visions get too much. Throughout the play the audience witnesses Lady Macbeth’s change from a cruel, pitiless countess to a timid, weak queen. The manipulative ways of Lady Macbeth are apparent when it is prophesised that Macbeth will become king and he sends a letter to Lady Macbeth about how he plans to kill the king. She harbours an overwhelming desire to be Queen of Scotland. When Macbeth hesitates, Lady Macbeth brutally declares him a coward in an attempt to influence him to kill Duncan, “Wouldst thou have that / which thou esteem’st the ornament of life, / and live a coward in thine own esteem” (1.7.41-43). She calls upon evil spirits to “stop up th’ access and passage to remorse” (1.5.42) and gains strength in her conviction that Macbeth must become king. The quote “When you durst do it, then you were a man” (1.7.19) confirms the extent to which Lady Macbeth uses words to demean Macbeth in a ploy to have him achieve her ambitions. Further it demonstrates how Shakespeare uses Iambic Pentameter to keep the rhythm of the play flowing and continuous. Lady Macbeth’s actions are indicative of her merciless and calculating disposition. Lady Macbeth’s sinister action when she smears Duncan’s blood over his grooms and their daggers shows how little conscience Lady Macbeth has towards her actions. Lady Macbeth weaves together a plot that only evil spirits would dare think of, murdering a King and covering it up by framing his drunk guards. These steps taken by Lady Macbeth are nefarious and menacing and although they eventually affect her conscience she outwardly maintains control. Lady Macbeth upholds her sanity and reason and urges Macbeth to do the same. Shakespeare uses similes and metaphors when Lady Macbeth declares “The sleeping and the dead / are but as pictures; ’tis the eye of childhood / that fears a painted devil” (2.2.56-58). This quote creates a strong image in the audience’s mind to show how merciless Lady Macbeth is. As Queen of Scotland Lady Macbeth feels immense guilt which bars the access to happiness she thought she would have. Once remorseless and cold-blooded Lady Macbeth questions the value of the murder, “nought’s had, all’s spent / Where our desire is got without content”(3.2.4-5). She begins to sleepwalk and has
Lady Macbeth is a very ambitious and power hungry woman. She is very ruthless and manipulative in her quest to become Queen. She is a fundamental part of this murderous and dark plot.
In Macbeth, Lady Macbeth has very few physical characteristics. It does not say what specific clothing Lady Macbeth is wearing, but she is often shown wearing a long cotton or silk dress. It is assumed she is a beautiful woman. Her mannerisms were acknowledge in Act I, Scene VII, when Duncan addressed…
good play about corruption and greed? Shakespeare is the king of tragedy in the theatre. He takes extraordinary situations and puts characters in them. From love stories to tragedies, Shakespeare is one of the most well-known play writers. His Macbeth is no different. In this essay there will be explanations of the hallucinations, and the meanings behind them; how they change the characters and bring out their dark side.
First, a brief introduction to what a hallucination is. A hallucination…
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Macbeth’s character changes dramatically…
Macbeth: Lady Macbeth and Evil
In a play that is abundant in evil occurrences, Lady Macbeth is the
overriding source of evil in the first act. Lady Macbeth persuades Macbeth to
kill Duncan, despite Macbeth listing eight reasons against the murder. When
Macbeth is alone, we discover that he is a loyal thane to Duncan, not a
murdering savage. When Duncan is in his house at Inverness, Macbeth comes to a
decision not to kill Duncan. Lady Macbeth convinces Macbeth, who decided
strongly against murdering…
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The Tragedy of Macbeth:
by Lady Macbeth
Lady Macbeth is the one responsible for the entire tragedy of Macbeth. She is the main
reason for all of the deaths and terrible events that occur throughout the play. Lady Macbeth is
to reach her ultimate goal of becoming queen. She manipulates Macbeth into
helping her get to that ultimate goal unwillingly, and by doing this it’s clear that Lady Macbeth is
the one responsible for the outcome of the play.
Duncan’s death was…
Explore the ways in which Shakespeare presents the disturbed character of Lady Macbeth
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William Shakespeare's Macbeth, is a Medieval story about a nobleman who had evil ambitions
of becoming the King of Scotland. It is evident in the play that both Macbeth, the nobleman, and
Lady Macbeth, his wife, suffer from the same tragic flaw: uncontrolled ambition.This
uncontrolled ambition causes them to commit regicide. Although Lady Macbeth coerces
Macbeth to murder King Duncan of Scotland, it is clear that she is, in fact, a victim to her
ambition. She suffers greatly by losing her sanity…