Lady Macbeth: An Effective Evildoer

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Lady Macbeth: An Effective Evildoer

The worst wickedness is when the person refuses to acknowledge the passionate evil that is in us. This makes her secret and rotten. Everybody has the ability to be manipulative, to be hateful and deceitful but it is our choice on how they can handle pressures and live their lives in irenic way. In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, the character of Lady Macbeth is generally manifested as the responsible for Duncan's death. She is a callous fiend with an inhumane disregard of life. Also, her character is portrayed as exceedingly manipulative woman who takes control and never thinks of the consequences of her actions. Lastly, her ambitious attitude and cruelty led the audience to be assuming that she is the most evil in the play. Although Lady Macbeth's immoral perceptions take her to her downfall, she is still portrayed as a brave, self-controlled woman who's Macbeth considered as the perfect wife.

Lady Macbeth unleashed Macbeth's fatal ambition which makes her more responsible for Duncan's death.

In Shakespeare's Macbeth, Lady Macbeth has shown heartless decision that reflects her character to lack compassion and makes her more of a villain. When she found out the prophecies of the witches to Macbeth, she immediately takes action and works on details of Duncan's murder. This is the scene where Macbeth has just killed the King Duncan and he comes out covered in blood. Lady Macbeth responded pitiless and atrocious while she is trying to calm Macbeth after the regicide: "A little water clears us of the deed/ How easy is it,

then!/ Your constancy hath left you unattended… " (Shakespeare 2.2.71-73). Lady Macbeth is so evil that she disregards Duncan's life as if murdering him was so easy. The presence of the water is important...