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Evil Character Of Lady Macbeth Essay

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Blood is the also the main theme is this play. After the murder of King Duncan there seems to be blood everywhere: on the two daggers, smeared over the faces of sleeping grooms, on Macbeth’s hands and Lady Macbeth wonders how the “old man had so much blood in him”. After Banquo’s murder, one of the hired killers appears at the banquet with blood on his face. Lady Macbeth goes mad, desperately trying to wash imaginary blood from her hands.

Firstly, I encounter that Lady Macbeth is an awesome woman, a self-made monster of evil and ambition. I will now be talking about the character of Lady Macbeth and how she spurs her husband into fulfilling the witches’ prophecies. Women have control ...view middle of the document...

I have also noticed that Lady Macbeth seems to be almost opposite compared to that of Macbeth in physical and mental power. Lady Macbeth is the person who is able to persuade Macbeth into killing Duncan, assuring Macbeth that it will succeed, as Lady Macbeth’s ambition is far greater than that of Macbeth. This change in the character of Lady Macbeth is apparent after she reads the letter from Macbeth as she goes and talks to the evil spirits to make herself evil with lines such as \"Fill me from the crown to the toe-top full of direst cruelty! Make thick my blood\". She goes to the extent of planning the murder of Duncan and assumes full responsibility of this. She exerts a lot of power over Macbeth in this part of the play and even calls him a \"coward\" and this shows just how determined she is and how much power she has over her husband. It is this confidence in herself plus the persuasiveness on her words that makes Macbeth act on her words without hesitating.

Lady Macbeth begins by asking him, “was the hope drunk wherein you dressed yourself?” She uses the metaphor of alcohol to imply that his courage and boldness was the result of intoxication and not genuine determination. Macbeth is a great warrior, and the audience has already heard of his brutal fighting skills, so by accusing him of being a drunken, she is offending his manliness. She takes this image further by accusing him of being weak and scared: “green and pale” she also accuses him of being too nervous and shy. This makes Macbeth less manly and he starts thinking that he is weak and powerless.

Lady Macbeth then uses very brutal imagery, juxtaposing herself with her husband. She declares that she would never say she would to something and then not go through it. She also talks about killing her own baby and says, “I know how tender ‘tis to love the babe that milks me”. This shows that even though she is a woman, she would still rather kill her baby than go back on her word. By using image suffused with tenderness and sensitivity, with words such as “milk”, “suck”, “smiling” and then contrasting this with verbs such as “plucked” and “dashed” she creates a terribly violent image, which shows that she is stronger than Macbeth and more persuasive. This makes him ashamed and would also be shocking for the audience.

By the end of the scene Macbeth is obviously...

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