Analysis of Lady Macbeth
In Shakespeare’s most remarkable tragedy Macbeth, Lady Macbeth displays a character which has been referred to even in the daily routines of people. This ambitious, cruel and manipulative character shows a great transformation throughout the play and turns into a weak character leading to suicide because of the fatal deeds she has planned. At the beginning she is the one who plans the “bloody deed” that triggers a series of other murders and vicious slaughters but these deeds which she is so proud of planning destroys her conscience and she ends her life in a state of madness.
At the beginning of the play Lady Macbeth, who is the wife of a victorious thane, is not satisfied with the position she is in and she is encouraged by the unnatural forces to become the wife of a king. Because she thinks Macbeth is too afraid and weak to perform such a deed she manipulates him to do the cruel deed, which is to kill the king Duncan. At the feast when the ghost of Banquo appears Macbeth is terrified. Lady Macbeth tries to reassure the guests and forces Macbeth to end up his strange behavior by saying “Are you a man?” This is the most effective and frequently used method of her; humiliating him by using his manhood and the gender difference. “When you durst do it, then you were a man! And, to be more than what you were, you would be so much more than a man.” She questions his manhood and motivates Macbeth by saying he will be much more than a man if he does what she wants. Another method she uses to manipulate is questioning Macbeth’s power and bringing out the weak parts of his character. “Yet do I fear thy nature. It is too full of the milk of kindness… Art not without ambition but without the illness should attend.” She degrades Macbeth’s character by comparing it with her own character “That I may pour my spirits in thine ear”. With all the properties of her personality and her manipulative methods she tries to bring out the...
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