The Downfall of Lady Macbeth

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Hong Nhung Truong Lanz English 4 CP 11/09/2011 The Downfall of Lady Macbeth In Macbeth by Shakespeare, Lady Macbeth shows her realistic personality when she becomes adhere to a sense of guilt and horror at the end of the play. As Lady Macbeth’s lust for power begins, she becomes more sinister and manipulative. She persuades her husband, Macbeth, to kill the king and accuse the king’s sons of killing their own father in order for her husband to take over the throne. She does not know the cause and effect she is helping to build something in progress, but it is not her power to stop when things goes out of hands. However, at the end, Lady Macbeth displays the feeling of guilt of killing so many people and realizes what she did before was all wrong. Lady Macbeth shows her strength when she fearlessly prays to the devil to make the milk in her breast into bitterness and give her ability to do evil. She soliloquizes:”Come to my woman’s breast and take my milk for gall, you murdering ministers, wherever in your sightless substances. You wait on nature’s mischief. Come, thick night and pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell, that my keen knight see not wound it makes” (335, 48-54). Desiring the infinite power, Lady Macbeth’s case when asks the devil to give her courage to do evil ultimately proves her strength. Lady has exhibits her fully determined urge to rise up to an upper position. Lady Macbeth is extremely quick-witted when she comes up with the way to kill King Duncan to move up in class and receive unlimited powers. When Macbeth attempts to back out her evil plan, she tells Macbeth :” : “Art thou afeard to be the same in thine own act and valor as thou art in desire? Wouldst thou have that which thou esteem’st the ornament of life, and live a coward in thine own esteem” (338, 39-44). The thought of moving up in position and having unlimited power is
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