23 October 2012
Lady Macbeth is an Awful Person but a Perfect Wife
A.C. Bradley states, “strange and ludicrous as this may sound, [Lady Macbeth] is a perfect wife” (class note). William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, is one of his darkest and most powerful tragedies. Macbeth takes place in Scotland, where it dramatizes the deteriorating mind of the protagonist, Macbeth. He becomes the King of Scotland with the help of his wife, Lady Macbeth, by choosing evil as the way to fulfill his over ambition of power. Macbeth realizes life is senseless after Lady Macbeth commits suicide for being unable to cope with the guilt. Even though Lady Macbeth is an awful person to her husband and others, she shows her commitment and love for Macbeth and does her best to make him manlier. Lady Macbeth helps her husband to become King of Scotland. At the beginning, Lady Macbeth tells the spirits: Come, your spirits
That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,
And fill me, of the crown to the toe, top-full
Of direst cruelty: make thick my blood. (1.5.40-43)
Lady Macbeth is strong and is willing to sacrifice herself for her husband for telling the spirits to get rid of her womanly nature to fill her of the most dreadful cruelty. After Macbeth kills Duncan, his wife aids him in hiding the evidence and demands, “Give me the daggers,” (2.2.54). Then, Lady Macbeth tells her husband: “Get on [Macbeth’s] nightgown, lest occasion call [Lord and Lady Macbeth] / And show us to be watchers: be not lost / so poorly in your thoughts,” (2.2.70-72). Lady Macbeth is committed to making her husband King of Scotland because she knows what to do in order for Macbeth to look innocent. If Macbeth were to look guilty, then the people of Scotland would not trust him to be king and he would be punished for murder. At the banquet, Macbeth sees Banquo’s ghost because he does not know that Banquo really is dead and also admits that he is uncomfortable with...
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