Lady Macbeth By William Shakespeare Essay

1109 Words Dec 9th, 2015 5 Pages
Macbeth is a tragedy told in the form of a play written by William Shakespeare. It tells the story of the Thane of Glamis, Macbeth’s rise to power from a noble soldier to the King of Scotland. Although he does eventually become a ruthless king, he never would have gotten there without the support of his wife, Lady Macbeth. Since she was the reason of Macbeth’s rise to power, Lady Macbeth is one of the most important, powerful, and complex characters in the play. Without Lady Macbeth, the play would be vastly different.

Early in the play, Macbeth meets three witches who tell him about a prophecy that says that he will become the Thane of Cawdor, and the king of Scotland. Once he is given the title of Thane of Cawdor, he starts to think about the other half of the prophecy. Macbeth starts thinking about murdering the current king of Scotland, Duncan, but believes that he will never go through with it. This is where Lady Macbeth comes in.

When we first meet Lady Macbeth, she comes across as ruthless, cunning, and ambitious. She is originally the power behind Macbeth, and has a great amount of influence over him. The moment that she receives the news of the prophecy, and how part of it has already come true, she immediately starts planning to make the prophecy a reality. She plans to have Macbeth kill the king, Duncan, so she and Macbeth can take his place as the rulers of Scotland. However, she fears that her husband’s kind nature will prevent him from…

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