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Lady Macbeth

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Kalyanne Jones

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Transcript of Lady Macbeth

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Kalyanne Jones Lady Macbeth
Character Development Manipulation Controlling Guilt Lady Macbeth is without a doubt one of the most powerful female characters in literature. Unlike Macbeth, she is lacking in all of humanity. Lady Macbeth had such a burning ambition to become queen and she was ready to go to any length to get that. Lady Macbeth consistently taunts her husband because of his lack of courage, even though everyone knows of his bloody deeds on the battlefield. In public, she is able to act like a consummate hostess, lurring her victim, Duncan, into her castle. Ultimately, Lady Macbeth fails the test of her own hardened ruthlessness. The pace of events ends up becoming too much for her, she becomes mentally deranged, a mere shadow of what she used to be. This is a prime example of how guilt has affected her. Lady Macbeth throughout the play was seen as a very ruthless person, someone who would go to great lengths in order to get what she wanted but everything ended up getting to her. Lady Macbeth ended up caring more than she had ever planned. Guilt had gotten to her and it had taken over her whole life, which she had never expected to happen. Lady Macbeth’s guilt was subconsciously expressed through the dreams she was having. This shows that people aren’t always able to escape guilt for wrongdoing. By the very end of the play Lady Macbeth’s guilt has become to untenable that she eventually kills herself. The intensity of her guilt and shame was so much stronger than anything that she consciously conveyed. Misogynist Most of the female characters in Macbeth were proven to not be trusted or they would end up having very horrible personalities. Lady Macbeth is a very hateful character an example of this being when she tells Macbeth that she wants him to commit the murder, in this instance she is telling him what to do. "Put this night's great business into my dispatch". This quote is showing that Lady Macbeth is taking care of murdering Duncan because she is desperately wanting to become queen, she thinks that it may give her respect and will make more people care about her because as of right now she is only cared about by her husband and herself. This shows that Lady Macbeth is a more powerful and organized character because now she has planned how she is going to murder Duncan even though the witches have already told Macbeth that he will be king. Lady Macbeth is wanting to take charge for once in her life because most people back in that time period saw women as very weak and fragile. Final Conclusion Metamorphosing ones character through years of experience and age is salutary, deteriorating ones character through a short period of quick decisions and unsure actions is perilous. Lady Macbeth is able to prove truth to that. Lady Macbeth’s impulsive mistakes and her power-hungry tactics trace the journey that she has paved throughout this play in which ultimately ends her life. She feels extremely overwhelmed by what is happening, both mentally and physically, and makes the decision to end her own life. The tragedy of Macbeth, has illustrated two seemingly normal nobles whose lives became intertwined in a whirlwind of corruption, power, and interactions with the supernatural. Both Lady Macbeth and Macbeth were so wrapped up in a greedy world that they had failed to consider what the consequences of their actions would realistically be. Macbeth submitted to the belief that deeds “must be acted ere they be scann’d”. Lady Macbeth particularly has lost sight of rationality from when the play starts to when the play ends. She has faked an image that is of ruthlessness and believes that she is able to handle the intrusion of evil into her mind and her soul. Lady Macbeth has presented a seemingly stable foundation of control in which she has clutched onto. As Macbeth becomes less dependent on his wife, she starts to lose more control. Lady Macbeth is not only losing control of her husband but also of herself, which proves her shifting truth. Lady Macbeth’s character gradually disintegrates throughout the play, by a false portrayal of unyielding strength, her unsteady control of her husband, and by the shifting involvement with supernatural powers. Lady Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's most famous female characters, and most frightening. One of our first glances at her, she is already planning Duncan's murder. We see that Lady Macbeth is stronger, way more ruthless and has more ambition than her husband does. She seems to be fully aware of this and she knows that she will have to push Macbeth into committing the murder. At one point, Lady Macbeth wishes that she herself were a man and not a woman so that she could murder Duncan herself. The theme of the relationship between power and gender is key to what Lady Macbeth's character is like. Macbeth implies that his wife is a masculine sole that inhabits a female body, this seems to link masculinity to violence and ambition. Shakespeare, does however, use her, and the witches in order to undercut Macbeth's idea that "undaunted mettle should compose / Nothing but males". Those woman are using different methods of achieving power - which ultimately is manipulation - to further their male ambitions. This play shows that women are able to be just as ambitious and cruel as men, but some social constraints will deny them the means to pursue those ambitions on their own. We get another look at Lady Macbeth's character when she is referred to by Macbeth in his letter as "my dearest partner in greatness". This shows that she was very highly respected by her husband, and the aspects of this scene and some of the ones following suggest that she was the driving force in their relationship. Lady Macbeth decides immediately that she has to persuade her husband to "catch the nearest way" and to do it that night as soon as she hears of Duncan's awaiting arrival. This instance shows that she does not consider right and wrong as an obstacle. However, at this point, she considers conscience to be an obstacle. She thinks that her husband is "too full of the milk of human kindness" and she then calls on the spirits in order to suppress her conscience. Lady Macbeth did have a conscience however, she saw it as a negative, rather than it being a positive. Lady Macbeth then decides that she needs alcohol in order to go through with the plan of murder, this is another indication of this "That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold" - She wants something that will help to suppress her conscience.
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