Lady Macbeth Essay
I am going to do an essay on a play called Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare. The play is a tragedy, believed to have been written in 1611-12. The play is about a man named Macbeth whom, at first is a kind, tender man who later gets tempted by three foul witches to commit a murder in order to become king. Macbeth’s wife, Lady Macbeth is thrilled by the prophecies given by the witches and is eager for Macbeth to commit the murder. Macbeth disagrees with his wife greatly about the murder, and later into the play we see how the two exchange views about life and death completely. The character I am going to be studying is Lady Macbeth, and throughout my essay asking the question, is Lady Macbeth fiend-like?
When we first meet Lady Macbeth in Act 1 Scene 5, she is reading a letter that Macbeth has sent her and he tells her of the three witches -whom in Macbeth’s play are present in only four scenes, but Macbeth's fascination with them inspires much of the play's action. Macbeth claims the witches have told him he is going to be king, and he wants to share his happiness with his wife. Lady Macbeth then becomes engrossed and hypnotised by the way he talks about the witches. “Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o' th' milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way: thou wouldst be great, Art not without ambition, but without The illness should attend it” (1.5 3-7) Macbeth will let chance and fate have its own way and he will not speed the procedure up, as he is too much of a warm-hearted loving man to commit such a crime as murdering the king. But Lady Macbeth does not see this way as she sees an opportunity to be Queen, and believes that Macbeth can do this for her. Here we see that Lady Macbeth is so desperate to have power, she wants to manipulate measures in order to accomplish her objectives. She is willing to murder the King in order to take the crown. Is she a loving wife- or is she greedy for her own ambition? I think in this scene we can see Lady Macbeth is greedy for her own ambition. She doesn’t care how Macbeth feels, nor if he truly desires to become king. She wants it all for herself. Lady Macbeth has the ability to overrule all her husband's reserves and manipulate him into carrying out these murderous acts. She is clearly in charge of the relationship. “Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of direst cruelty. Make thick my blood” (1.5 31-33) This means she will stop at nothing to commit the crime. She seems ghastly, and most definitely fiend-like.
In the Scene that follows, we see that Lady Macbeth is very strong willed, and now takes on the role of a perfect hostess, in contrast to the previous scene...
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