How far is the tragedy of 'Macbeth' also Lady Macbeth's tragedy?
The tragic play 'Macbeth' can be observed in many different ways. Some producers of film or theatre show it as an action-packed thriller, such as Roman Polanski's film of Macbeth. Another interpretation is to focus on the way in which Macbeth's mind works and how he thinks. This is the way I view 'Macbeth' as it is a tragedy. Macbeth's ambition is the cause of his own tragic downfall. However, Macbeth is not the only person responsible for the tragedy. The witches influence his evil actions and his wife also is persistent and ambitious for her husband.
The play 'Macbeth' introduces Macbeth to the readers as a very noble and good-natured man. This is very important that we understand and remember him and his character as the whole tragedy is based on the fall of the life of a great man.
After the three mysterious witches visit Macbeth, he writes a letter to his wife, Lady Macbeth, telling her of their prophecy. They predict that soon Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor and in future will even become king.
Lady Macbeth is made out to be a very powerful woman, who overpowers Macbeth. When she receives the letter from her husband, she decides he will be king and she is also going to help him succeed:
"All Hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter".
However, she fears Macbeth is too noble and decent to commit murder, so she decides to encourage Macbeth with her own strong mentality; this shows she is a determined character. She calls upon the evil spirits for courage and to help with her murderous plans. This must mean she lacks in her own mental strength to carry out the murder of the King: