Macbeth Essay

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Lady Macbeth is the only female lead character in The Tragedy of Macbeth. At first looks her personality seems cruel and uncaring. But after the second act we can see that is not the case. She is a dynamic character that changes throughout the play and shows many different sides to her personality. The theme of appearance helps to reveal Lady Macbeth’s character through her transformation from a cold-hearted, ambitious wife to a demented, insomniatic queen. In Act I Lady Macbeth shows herself to be completely two faced. She first greets King Duncan like a perfect and humble housewife when she says, “Your servants ever / have theirs, themselves and what is theirs, in compt, / To make their audit at your highness’ pleasure, / Still to return your own” (The Tragedy of Macbeth, Act I, 25-28). Then later tells Macbeth they have to appear friendly and to, “look like the innocent flower, / But be the serpent under’t” (69-71). She then says, “we shall make our griefs and clamour roar / Upon his death?” (78-80) to Macbeth, so they look innocent. Lady Macbeth appears to be a very deceptive person. Lady Macbeth shows a softer side in the second act and reveals herself to be more of an idea person than someone who takes action. She couldn’t kill the king because he looked like her father as he slept. Nut when Macbeth tell her he has already done it, she goes back to her original self and takes the daggers back to put on the guards, “for it must seem their guilt” (Act II, 56). She and Macbeth wash their hands of the blood and she tells him, “ Get on your nightgown, lest occasion call us, / And show us to be watchers” (69-71), so they can appear innocent of any crime. Lady Macbeth again shows her phoniness after everyone discovers Duncan’s death. She says, “What’s the business, / That such a hideous trumpet calls to parlay / The sleepers of the house? Speak, speak!” (75-77).

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