Lady Macbeth: No Monster In Shakespeare's Lady Macbeth

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“Lady Macbeth is no monster. She is a loyal, but misguided, wife who pays a very heavy price for her engagement with evil.” Discuss.

Lady Macbeth is often seen as one of Shakespeare’s most frightening female characters. There is no doubt she is ambitious, ruthless and power hungry, however it would be a mistake to say she is a monster. What appears to be evil, is really her loyalty and love for her husband. Just as Macbeth is ambitious for the throne, so is Lady Macbeth driven to assist him. Although her actions are undoubtedly misguided, they are done out of devotion and allegiance to Macbeth, and she ultimately pays a heavy price for this engagement with evil.
We first meet Lady Macbeth as she reads the news of the witches’ prophecies in a letter from Macbeth. However in her soliloquy she does not once refer to herself. It is of Macbeth she thinks: she wishes to see her husband on the throne, and to place the sceptre within his grasp, demonstrating to us how loyal a wife she is. It is interesting to note, that her motivation is clearly her husband’s hesitant nature:
“I fear thy nature;
It is too full of the milk of human kindness”
Believing that she is
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Consistent with earlier behaviour, she remains loyal to Macbeth, and skilfully saves her husband's honour by dismissing the company before he is carried further into hallucination. She has always been a good wife to Macbeth, helping him to fulfil his ambitions, but after the departure of the guests, it is evident that she has been effected by what she has done. Her lecture of the first act, where she persuaded Macbeth to consider Duncan's murder, finds no parallel here. Instead of scornful anger, Lady Macbeth speaks in brief sentences to her husband words which suggests resignation. It is an interesting and touching moment in the

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