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Lady Macbeth is an Evil

Lady Macbeth is an Evil

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Student Name: Rashik Sifat Teacher: Mr. RichardsDate: May 7
, 2010
Lady Macbeth is more evil character than Macbeth
 The relationship between Macbeth and his wife is paramount to theunderstanding of a major theme of this play. At first it would appear to be anequal partnership. However, Lady Macbeth was the dominant of the twocharacter; she could have persuaded Macbeth to do anything if she sowished. And though she does not openly exercise her power over him inpublic, in private she often uses dishonour and emotional corruption tomanipulate Macbeth to execute her will. Lady Macbeth is the more evilcharacter than Macbeth in the play through her ambition, cruelty, andmanipulation.When Lady Macbeth tends about the witches' prediction thatMacbeth will be the King, she worries he will be too kind-hearted to achievethis status so she begins to take matters into her own hands. Her soliloquyimploring dark powers to take all kindness from her is appalling in itsbizarreness: “Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex mehere, and fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full of direst cruelty “(I, v,43-46). Lady Macbeth is far more ambitious then Macbeth is. She appears tobe mentally strong and her conscience did not seem troubled by the murdersthat she was a part of. Her determined ambition is what keeps Macbeth
focused on committing the murders. It is not until later in the play whenMacbeth is able to adopt ambition of his own as he plans the murder of Macduff's family on his own. However, this ambition he receives is thatwhich came from Lady Macbeth.Lady Macbeth hardly shows any sympathy toward anycharacters throughout the time of the play. When she finds out theprophecies given to Macbeth by the witches, she immediately takes actionand creates a plan. She works out the details of the plan to kill the king, andwhen Macbeth cannot return the blood-stained daggers to Duncan's room,she takes command of the situation and returns the daggers herself.“Inform of purpose! Give me the daggers.” (II, ii, 68-69). She also plays akey role in the murder of Banquo. During the feast whilst there are guestsover, Macbeth is so unsettled by seeing the ghost of Banquo that he nearlyhas a mental breakdown. Lady Macbeth shows no regard for this as sheimmediately ridicules him. Lady Macbeth's true cruelty is shown when herdeath has no effect on the play as she is not considered a hero. Hercharacter is that of such pure evil that it is difficult for the audience tosympathize for her on a personal level. Her crimes were considered so brutalthat it would be difficult for anyone to ever forgive her.
Lady Macbeth is an exceedingly approved character as seen inas she openly dares heaven. Her true nature can be reflected through theimagery of blood, violence, death, as from the beginning of the play she isset out on an expected course of destruction. Macbeth is first introduced asan admirable individual and a hero to Scotland; it is Macbeth's fatal ambitionthat is unchecked by Lady Macbeth. His true personality can be revealed ashe admits: “I am in blood, Stepped in so far that should I wade no more,Returning were as tedious as go o'er.” (III, iv, 167-169). Lady Macbethstarted the actions which eventually led to Macbeth committing the acts thathe did. Throughout the play the audience is constantly reminded of Macbethinsecurity as he is always questioning his own actions. Lady Macbeth'sprimary role in the play is to give Macbeth the vital push and then sustainhim until he can control his own conscience and actions. Lady Macbeth usesspecific techniques to make sure that Macbeth keeps to his purpose such asblaming Macbeth of being a coward. As Lady Macbeth herself possessescharacteristics that are regularly only present in a male such as single-minded courage and cruelty. She avoids Macbeth for his failure to live up tothe standard which she, as a woman, has set. Using her physicalcharacteristics of a woman, and mental characteristics of a man, LadyMacbeth teases her husband for not being able to murder Duncan as seen inthe following quote: “ I have given suck, and know How tender `tis to lovethe babe that milks me; I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have

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