The True Villain : Lady Macbeth Essay

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The True Villain: Lady Macbeth
“I like villains because there is something so attractive about a committed person. They have a plan, an ideology, no matter how twisted. They are motivated." (Russell Crowe). From the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, the character Lady Macbeth can be directly related to the quote. The villain is the character in literature that creates the conflict and many would agree that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are the villains. The play follows the story of Macbeth, the protagonist, who was prophesied to become the King of Scotland. The prophecy was fulfilled through the murdering of the current king, King Duncan, planned by Lady Macbeth. Although she is more dominant of the two characters, Lady Macbeth does not directly exercise her dominance over him in public. She manipulates Macbeth and causes the conflict to arise as the real villain in the play. As the villain, Lady Macbeth organises the murder of King Duncan as well as convinces Macbeth to follow through with the plan, and after the murder, she instructs Macbeth as to what to do so that no one suspects them.

Lady Macbeth was first seen in the play as a villain by arising the conflict through planning the murder of King Duncan. She was able to effortlessly create the plan within the time range of receiving the letter about the three witches from Macbeth and the night King Duncan travelled to their residence for dinner. This all happened in a period of several hours . King Duncan being in…

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