Lady Macbeth Quotes Analysis

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Smooth Criminal

She is ruthless. Conniving. Evil.

She is Lady Macbeth, and she is responsible for King Duncan’s murder.

From the moment she makes her first appearance in Macbeth, it is impossible to deny that Lady Macbeth is a force to be reckoned with. She doesn’t question her husband’s plan to kill the King; no, she questions his manliness, fearing he is too soft to actually keep his word: Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be What thou art promised. Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way. (I, v, 15-18)
She fears that Macbeth lacks the monstrous brutality necessary to kill Duncan and fulfill the prophecy of the three witches—which is surprising, considering he hacked his way through a throng of innocents just to chop a man in half and stick his head on a pike—and so she tells Macbeth that she will make the arrangements to
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(And if my wife weren’t so deadly, I’d tell her to get in the kitchen and make me a sandwich.) It appears that her words do indeed spark some feral instinct in Macbeth; for, in no time, he is off to do the deed: I go, and it is done. The bell invites me. Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell That summons thee to heaven or to hell. (II, i, 75-77)
This last part of Macbeth’s soliloquy is chilling. Before coming to this eerie end, Macbeth imagines a dagger—dripping blood—leading him to Duncan’s quarters. The longer he imagines this, the more fervor blossoms in his words. And this fervor is the same brutal passion as in the words of his Lady; the words that beg to be “blessed” with the barbaric cruelty necessary to murder the king. Lady Macbeth clearly wears the pants in this relationship. She manipulates her husband into becoming a lesser version of herself—one who might grow to be as lethal and as deadly as she, if fate would have it

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