Was Lady Macbeth 'Evil'? Essay

2938 Words Oct 17th, 2005 12 Pages
Lady Macbeth is the penultimate person in the play, especially at the beginning, next to Macbeth himself. And though she does not survive to the end, her influence on Macbeth lasts throughout. She is most influential person in Macbeth´s downfall, next to the witches. However, her relationship with him goes far deeper then that of the witches. It is my belief that the witches act only as a trigger to start the events in the play, and that Lady Macbeth herself was the driving force behind Macbeth´s actions. It is she who he contacts when he meets the witches, and immediately trusts her with the prophecy he is given. The relationship between Macbeth and his wife is paramount to the understanding of a major theme of this …show more content…
This is a very powerful image, and further increases her mask of cold ambition, also suggesting more links in Lady Macbeth´s mind between femininity and kindness, which she seems to think is the truth. zl8dlJq Visit essaybank fc co fc uk fc for more fc Do not fc redistribute zl8dlJq wwae aew esaeaes ayae aeba nae kcae aeuk! Her manipulation is again, effective. She fills him with pride, and using that, suggests a seemingly easy way of dispatching the King in his sleep, and blaming the murder on the guards. Macbeth applauds her, and quickly psyches himself towards the task, steeling himself to put on a false face for the banquet.
Act 2 begins with Lady Macbeth waiting for Macbeth in the Courtyard of their Castle, after he has killed the King. (It is an interesting point to note, that the audience never actually see the King murdered, just the aftermath of it. This was perhaps to prevent the story being too linear). Lady Macbeth has drugged the guards and has drunk herself, and notes its exhilarating affect. Again, this is a sign of weakness on Lady Macbeth´s part. She also starts at an owls shriek. However, this behaviour is perfectly understandable, since the position they are in, is one of great peril. They have, of course, just murdered a King, which is punishable by death. So being nervous is natural. There are also other hints indicating their heightened

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