Character of Lady Macbeth

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Character of Lady Macbeth In Shakespeare's Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is made to act as a catalyst in Lord Macbeth's evildoings. The female roles in William Shakespeare's Macbeth are those of the witches, more supernatural than human, Lady Macbeth and Lady Macduff, the latter being presented in a minor, almost insignificant way. This paper will explore the role of Lady Macbeth and only make slight comment on the witches. Macbeth is generally the commander in the castle of the Macbeth’s for the killings that take place in the play. Lady Macbeth also plays and evil role beside him. She mocks him, if he frets over her instructions, saying that he will be less of a man if he does not follow the plan. She gives Macbeth a lecture of deceptiveness when planning the murder of King Ducan. She had also prepared a dagger for Macbeth to kill the King in advance. Though Macbeth still had doubts, she was ready to do this blood thickening job, herself. “Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums, and dashed the brains out!-had I so sworn as you Have done to this.”(I. VII. 56-7) “I heard the owl scream, and the crickets cry. Did not you speak?” (II. II. 15-16) This clearly demonstrates another villainous characteristic of hers other that the self-satisfaction. Lady Macbeth shows the fear of getting caught in her dreams. Her fear suppresses itself, consciously. “Fie, my lord,fie!- a soldier, and afeard?”(V.i.33) “Here’s the smell of the blood still! All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. O ! Oh- oh (V.i.44-46) (V.i.65-67, 69-72) “Do breed unnatural troubles: infected minds to their deaf pillows will discharge their secrets, more needs she the devine than the physician.”(V.i.65-67) Throughout the play and forwarding to her suicide plan, she slowly weakens. Yet, in the beginning of the play, she is shown as a superwife/superwoman portraying that she is
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