The Downfall of Lady Macbeth

Only available on StudyMode
  • Download(s) : 442
  • Published : October 8, 1999
Open Document
Text Preview
The Downfall of Lady Macbeth

Macbeth is a play full of magic, mystery, and murder. The variety of plots, as well as the interesting characters, force the reader to pay full attention at all times. Unfortunately, one of these characters is a victim of her own imagination. Although Lady Macbeth adds much positive flavour to the play, her character is revealed through her aggressive attitude with her husband, her inhumane disregard for life, and her guilty conscience.

Lady Macbeth is very assertive when dealing with her husband's hesitations about murdering Duncan:

"O never shall sun that morrow see!
Your face... is as a book where men
May read strange matters. To beguile the time,
Look like the time; bear welcome in your eye,
Your hand, your tongue: look like the innocent flower
But be the serpent under't."

This urging causes Macbeth to possess Œblack and deep desires', which lead him to murder the king. She takes it upon herself to pressure him and therefore, her bold character is revealed. Macbeth's intentions would have been less serious if his wife was not more anxious than he was. She, more than her husband, is to blame for the death of King Duncan, due to her relentless pursuit of power and authority.

Lady Macbeth is a heartless fiend with an savage disregard for life. This is evident in the manner in which she downplays the murder of Duncan to her husband:

"A little water clears us of this deed;
How easy is it, then! Your constancy
Hath left you unattended...
Get on your night-gown, lest occasion call us,
And show us to be watchers. Be not lost
So poorly in your thoughts."

She tries to make Macbeth believe that committing the murder was not a vicious deed and that washing their hands will wash away all the guilt. Macbeth exclaims that "all Neptune's ocean" will not wash the blood from his hands. Lady Macbeth appears...
tracking img