Lady Mcbeth: Victim Or Villian Essay

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In the play “Macbeth” William Shakespeare uses the idea of independence of will throughout the play, suggesting that even if a person is pressured or encouraged to perform an act, the final decision is always made consciously, fully knowing what the consequences may be. This being said, even though Lady Macbeth pressured her husband to commit an atrocious act, each decision and action he took, he took with the full understanding of what the consequences would be. Therefore, I do not believe Lady Macbeth was the catalyst of evil. Macbeth is the main villain of the play. In the beginning he was opposed to killing the king “He has been nothing but good to me.” Macbeth seems to lurch from side to side like a pendulum until his wife questions his manhood and provides him with much needed focus. Lady Macbeth constantly pressures him until Macbeth breaks and does what she wants of him. Immediately after this dark deed has been fulfilled, the feeling of guilt and remorse consumes his conscience. After this, though, Macbeth begins a transformation from a noble soldier to an evil tyrant. After killing King Duncan, Macbeth plots to kill many of those once close to him, as he believes they are a threat to him. His once warm heart and brave demeanor had turned into a merciless and fearful dictator. Unlike her husband, Lady Macbeth shows signs of remorse soon after her horrible actions. During the night, she sleepwalks around her castle and acts out everything that happened that fateful night. The doctor notices her and says that she must be greatly disturbed to be doing such an act. She also confesses in her sleep that the blood on her hands will never come off, “Out! Darn spot!” She does not want any more bloodshed. Also, when she finds out that her husband plans to kill Banqou, she pleads with him to stop, “Nature’s copy in them is not eterne.” It is clear that all

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