Lady Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's greatest and most intriguing female characters. She is positioned to be viewed as fiercely ambitious and a deceptive, evil consort all at the same time. Throughout Act one it becomes apparent that Lady Macbeth is highly ambitious, stopping at nothing, not even murder, to fulfil her own ambitions. When Macbeth first writes to her detailing his meeting of the witches and their prophecy, her first thoughts are of worry; she believes that Macbeth is too full of gentleness and decency to take the most direct path to his kingship, which she believes is murder. “Yet I do fear thy nature; It is too full of the milk of human kindness. To catch the nearest way: thou wouldst be great.” Lady Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 5. Lady Macbeth is so intent on having Macbeth murder King Duncan that she urges him to hurry home so that she can convince him to murder Duncan, and drive away with fearless words all that stands in his way of the crown. “Hie thee hither, That I may pour my spirits in thine ear, And chastise thee with the valour of my tongue All that impedes thee from the golden round.” Lady Macbeth, Act1, Scene 5. From her actions in Act 1 Lady Macbeth is positioned as a deceptive, evil consort. After hearing that the King is on his way to visit Lady Macbeth and her husband, she calls on evil spirits that look after thoughts of murder to help her kill the king. She asks the evil spirits to take away all of her feminine qualities, and fill her body up with horrendous cruelty. “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!” Lady Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 5. To prevent the king from seeing their true intentions Lady Macbeth orders Macbeth to act as the hospitable and honoured host of the king that he should be but keep his mind on their goal. “To beguile the time, Look like the time; bear welcome in your eye, Your hand, your tongue: look like the...
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