Lady Macbeth took her own life at the age of 27 on May 9, 1321. Lady Macbeth was a devoted wife to Lord Macbeth and felt it was her duty to support her husband and, at times, push him to conquer his fears to achieve his goals. Her husband remembers her as, “Out, out, brief candle!/Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player/That struts and frets his hour upon the stage/And then is heard no more” (V.iv.34-37).
Lady Macbeth was born October 2, 1294 in Inverness. She is the loving daughter of Lord Thomas who is remembered fondly for his handsome looks and gentle disposition. Lady Macbeth has been known to remark about the similarity between her father and the late King Duncan.
She spent her childhood learning the life skills necessary as a woman of noble blood; dancing, embroidering, and playing a musical instrument. She excelled at horseback riding and her favorite stead was a grey mare by the name of Buttercup. Lady Macbeth’s parents were progressive and believed that even female children should learn to read which was quite radical at the time. In fact, this progressive ideology influenced Lady Macbeth so much that she even wished she could be “unsexed.”
Lady Macbeth later married Lord Macbeth and moved to Glamis where he was thane. They have one child, Edward. Lady Macbeth is a caring mother but has used the hyperbole of bashing her child’s brains out to demonstrate her passion.
Lady Macbeth was at her husband’s side as he ascended to the Thane of Cawdor and later king. Her Chambermaid noted, “She didn’t seem as happy once she became queen. It was as if she was disappointed because it wasn’t what she had thought it would be like.”
Her death comes when the kingdom is on the verge of war as many people have become disillusioned with the ruling family and fear that Lord Macbeth is a tyrant. There also have been rumors that Lady Macbeth was the driving force behind her husband rise and that she is actually responsible for the death of