Lady Macbeth Redemption

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Lady MacBeth

Lady MacBeth is one of Shakespeare's greatest and most intriguing female

characters. She is evil, seductive, and witch-like all at the same time. However, during the

play we see her in two different ways. At the time when we first meet her, she is a brutally

violent, power wanting witch, and later on she turns to a shameful suicidal grieving woman.

At the beginning of the MacBeth, Lady MacBeth is very savage and vicious. She

thinks nothing of killing King Duncan. She has no sense of what is wrong and right, and

believes that it is perfectly moral to do the deed of murder. She states that to not go

through with the deed would be horrible to yourself, and that you would be a coward in

your own eyes.

'Wouldst thou have that which thou esteem'st the ornament

of life, and live a coward in thine own esteem,'

She states that if she was MacBeth and did not jump at this perfect opportunity, that if a

child, being fed at her breast, where as Duncan is, king, she would tear it from her and

'dash'd the brains out' to have the opportunity MacBeth does.

This shows how mad and

sadistic she was. She had absolutely no self-conscience, and thought nothing about the

wrong they were soon to commit.

Later on, after the murders, she, unlike MacBeth, still shows no signs of a

conscience. She is very cool and collected, while MacBeth hallucinates and goes

temporarily mad. Lady MacBeth on the other hand, takes everything calmly. She takes

the daggers back to the King's room, smears blood on the drunken guards, and attempts to

destroy all evidence of MacBeth ever being there. She knows what needs to be done and

does it without any hesitation or fear.