Lady Macbeth

Topics: Macbeth, Guilt, Human Pages: 3 (1025 words) Published: October 1, 2008
Lady Macbeth

In the closing scene of "Macbeth", Malcolm refers to Lady Macbeth as "a fiend-like queen". Do you agree with Malcolm, or do you think she is not as evil as he depicts?

Lady Macbeth is a controversial figure. She is seen by some as a woman of strong will who is ambitious for herself and who is astute enough to recognise her husband’s strengths and weaknesses, and ruthless enough to exploit them. They see her in her commitment to evil and in her realisation that the acquisition of the Crown has not brought her the happiness she had expected, and finally, as one who breaks down under the strain. Others see her as a woman ambitious for her husband whom she loves. She recognises the essential good in him, and feels that, without her, he will never win the Crown. She allies herself with the powers of the occult for his sake, but here inherent femininity breaks down under the strain of the unnatural murder of Duncan and the alienation of her husband. She is seen as simple and realistic where Macbeth is complicated and imaginative. She is willing to do what ever it takes or have Macbeth do them while he struggles to overcome his deep morale roots.

Malcolm’s assessment of her as a “fiend-like queen” Act IV, Sc.vii is certainly backed up by evidence throughout the story as through large portions of the play she is malicious and ruthless in her crusade to make Macbeth king, becoming what many people would see as evil, although this is open to interpretation an example of this would be when she says "hey have made themselves and that their fitness now does unmake you. I have given suck and know how tender tis to love the babe that milks me, I would, while it was smiling in my face, have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums and dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done to this"(Act 1,Scene7) But to say she is a fiend and is without kindness or weakness i believe is not true, there are instances when we glimpse the true...
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