William Shakespeare's Macbeth Essay

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William Shakespeare's Macbeth In the play "Macbeth" written by William Shakespeare, Lady Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's most famous and frightening female characters. At the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth is introduced as a dominant, controlling, cold-blooded wife with an obsessive ambition to achieve kingship for her husband. Her personality begins to change drastically as the play progresses; it gradually disintegrates through a false portrayal of unyielding strength, an unsteady control of her husband and shifting involvement with supernatural powers. Her weak, sheltered, unsure and unstable condition is only revealed at the …show more content…
The guilt that has been set upon her by her husband sprung from convincing him to kill. In reality, the final results are only accountable to Lady Macbeth. She is the one who convinces her husband to commit the murders, therefore ending in a series of emotional and mental problems. As the play begins, she is a motivated, power-hungry woman with no boundaries, but by the close of the play, she has been reduced to sleepwalking through the castle, desperately trying to wash away an invisible bloodstain. Once the sense of guilt comes home to roost, Lady Macbeth's sensitivity becomes a weakness, and she is unable to cope. Significantly, she apparently kills herself, signaling her total inability to deal with the legacy of their crimes.

Throughout the play, Lady Macbeth's shifting control over her husband is mainly responsible for aggravating the struggle between Macbeth's morality, devotion and "vaulting ambition." As the situation escalates, Lady Macbeth tries to soothe him by explaining that "things without remedy/ should be without regard: What's done is done" She has changed her technique with Macbeth from shock and intimidation to restraint. Her control over Macbeth has vanished, and over herself, her control is deteriorating as each second passes. The fire she once had, which drove Macbeth forward is now no more than a minute spark.

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