The Truth behind Lady Macbeth

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English 4A
16 October, 2011
The Truth behind Lady Macbeth
In the play, “Macbeth”, the character that stands out the most is Lady Macbeth. Her role in this story is significant, she is an evil, ruthless, and ambitious person. She is responsible for the murders that her husband commits because she was bloodthirsty for the crown. In fact, she then becomes more eager to get the crown than Macbeth himself and soon realizes that once you commit one violent act, there is almost no way of ever turning back. An analysis of Lady Macbeth reveals that she is a powerful character who adds complexity and depth to a play about murder, madness, and revenge.
Due to her ambition to become queen, Lady Macbeth persuades her husband to murder king Duncan.
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At first she would have done anything in her power to get something complete especially if she was sworn to it,in fact she says that she would have killed her own child, “I would, while it was smiling in my face…dashed the brains out.” (1.7.56-58). This signifies the depth her character adds to the story, her remorseless attitude and her evil ways make it interesting and encourages the reader to keep reading so that they can find out exactly what she will do next. Actually, without Lady Macbeth, none of the murders in the play probably would have happened since she is the one responsible for all of them. Even though Macbeth physically did the crimes, she believes she is more noble and just as strong as any man, “That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold.” (2.2.1). What this means is that the wine that the men drink makes them drunk, however it gives her strength to do evil things. Towards the end of the story she realizes that crime does not pay off and regrets what she has done, however at this point it is too late.
After all of the murders and blood that has been shed she begins to feel guilty. Realizing what she’s done, “Nought’s had, alls spent,…tis safer to be that which we destroy.”(3.2.5-7). Crime brings no happiness so why bother doing it when you gain nothing but pain. The worst part of crime is once it has been done there is no way of taking it back, which is exactly what Lady Macbeth


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