Macbeth Essay

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Evil. Immoral. Devious. However way one says it, they all mean the same. People associate these words with dark, sinister feelings that most try to avoid. In William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, Lady Macbeth may be considered evil or immoral solely on the basis of her actions alone. The full presentation of Lady Macbeth in the play makes the audience react more sympathetically then they otherwise might.

First, Lady Macbeth can be considered evil or immoral because she becomes ambitious for power, willing to kill, and assists in and sets up a murder. Once she learns of the opportunity for her husband to assume the throne as king of Scotland, she immediately becomes obsessed with achieving everything in her power to place Macbeth in the position. She begins to persuade him in murdering the current king, King, Duncan, so he can take the crown. When Macbeth becomes hesitant about this plan, Lady Macbeth questions his manhood and exclaims, “When you durst do it, then you were a man…” (Shakespeare). She insinuates that Macbeth is not a man and will not be a man until he completes the deed. Her persuasive actions and words are examples of how Lady Macbeth may be considered evil in the play. When Macbeth hesitantly agreed to come through with the murder, Lady Macbeth insists that she will come up with a plan and will find a way to take the blame away from Macbeth. By coming up with the original idea and plan of killing King Duncan, her thoughts alone could prove that Lady Macbeth is immoral. After Macbeth completes the act, Lady Macbeth takes the dagger used to stab King Duncan and places it near the sleeping guards to frame them of the murder. Blaming other people for her and her husband’s actions, and conducting the idea and executing the plan prove the characteristic of evil and her immoral beliefs.

However guilty of being evil and immoral Lady Macbeth might be, her full presentation of character makes the audience react more sympathetically then they...
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