Character of Lady Macbeth

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Character of Lady Macbeth.


Lady Macbeth's influence on Macbeth.

Lady Macbeth is a character in Shakespeare's Macbeth (c.1603-1607). She is the wife to the play's protagonist, Macbeth, a Scottish nobleman. After goading him into committing regicide, she becomes Queen of Scotland, but later suffers pangs of guilt for her part in the crime. She dies off-stage in the last act, an apparent suicide.

Lady Macbeth's influence on Macbeth is tremendous. She exercises great influence upon her husband's decisions and actions. In fact, Macbeth is motivated to kill King Duncan by the will of Lady Macbeth.

Lady Macbeth is first seen reading a letter which her husband has written to her giving a brief account of his encounter with the Witches and the prophecies they made about his future. Lady Macbeth jump to the conclusion that the shortest way for her husband to become the King is to assassinate the present king Duncan. She thinks that her husband does not have that crookedness in him to perform the deed. She wishes him home at once, so that she can impart her own firmness of resolution to him and chastise him with "the velour of her tongue".

Macbeth arrives home. He tells her that Duncan is coming there as a guest. At this Lady Macbeth said that Duncan will never go back from here and in a tone of the greatest determination, she urges him to get ready for the task of the assassination.

Macbeth: Duncan comes here to night

Lady Macbeth: And when goes hence?

Macbeth:To-morrow,as he purposes

Lady Macbeth: O! never

She advises him to look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under it. She takes charge of the whole enterprise for the sake of the sovereign power and authority...