Lady macbeth as a tragic character.

Essay by nightcrawlerHigh School, 11th grade July 2003

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Macbeth is a Scottish general and the thane of Glamis who is led to wicked

thoughts by the prophecies of the three witches. He is a classic tragic hero, a figure

that was brought to ruin by his own greed, fear, and guilt. The personification of greed

and resulting in evil, he stole the throne from King Duncan by murdering him as he was

asleep with the significant influence of Lady Macbeth. His wife's greed that has

manipulative him and continuous to kill in order to protect himself. Lady Macbeth, who

is even more driven with greed and power than her husband, fear and remorse, causes her

to ruin as well. The influence of Lady Macbeth on her husband is quite important to the

play "Macbeth".

His wife controls him, regardless of his self control. In other words, the evil beats

him very easily using a woman as their weapon.

Lady Macbeth is able to control Macbeth

and push him to the crime of King Duncan. The three witches express it in a foreshadow

at (I, i, 11) "Fair is foul, and foul is fair." This means, Macbeth who is fair has weakness

and the weakness is going to work in witches favor.

Lady Macbeth is physically and mentally a weaker character then Macbeth who

obsesses to get power. The obsession weakens her character. Of her freewill she chooses

the evil acts in order to become a queen. She asks the evil spirits to strengthen her. For

instance, in (I, v, 43) she prays to the evil spirits, "Come you spirits" This is Lady's

Macbeth act of opening herself for a possession by the evil spirits; she is acting on her

freewill. After this act she has stronger character and more self confidence in order to...