Lady Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s most notorious female character. Devious, Determined, and “a major protagonist in the play” (Jamieson), she assists with helping Macbeth to go through with his corrupt plan to become king. In many ways, Lady Macbeth is more forceful and has a stronger desire for power than her husband. In fact, without her influence Macbeth might never have gone through with the evil plan that lead to their final destruction.
The play is set into motion when Macbeth, a brave and loyal Scottish general, receives a prophecy from three witches. The trio of witches foresee that Macbeth will be thane of Cawdor and one day the king of Scotland. After hearing this Macbeth is no longer loyal to King Duncan, but to his ambition and greed. And then there is Lady Macbeth. Her characterization is utilized to continue with the play’s rise and fall. She is the wife of Macbeth and plays a significant role in persuading her husband to kill King Duncan and keep his power.
What Kind of Person is Lady Macbeth?
Lady Macbeth is a disturbed character in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. She is heartless, manipulative, and presents more strength than her husband. She is driven by power and position and when first introduced in the play she is already scheming the murder of Duncan. Lady Macbeth continuously questions Macbeth’s masculinity, showing that she is the pusher in her marriage. Throughout the play she is that little voice in Macbeth’s ear that pesters him to influence his thoughts to fulfil her objective.
What Crime Does Lady Macbeth Commit?
Lady Macbeth plays a major role in the murder against King Duncan. In a sense she is more responsible for Duncan’s death than her own husband. Matter of fact, she reveals that she would kill the king herself had he not resemble her father while sleeping; and persuades Macbeth to commit the murder. She calls on the “spirits” to fill her with “cruelty” so that she can overcome Macbeth’s kind nature and uses manipulation to convince him that murdering King Duncan must occur. It is Lady Macbeth who places the daggers in position; and then places the daggers next to the servants so people would believe that they were the ones responsible for Duncan’s death. After the murder she appears to be happy, content, and able to live with her decision. However, all change for the worst and Lady Macbeth begins to lose her mind.
Does She Deserve Her Fate?
By close end of the play, Lady Macbeth’s guilt comes to surface. She has regrets and wishes she could take back her evil deed. She begins sleepwalking through the castle. She also becomes very troubled by blood and desperately tries to wash away an invisible bloodstain. In the end, Lady Macbeth ends up taking her own life because she could not live with the fact that she convinced her husband to kill Duncan. Does Lady Macbeth deserve her fate? I cannot say that she deserved her fate, but I can say that I felt pity for her. The selfish desire for wealth and power was her inspiration; so how much compassion can we feel for someone who is tormented in life by the calculated demise of another?
In conclusion, Lady Macbeth was controlling, cold-hearted, and evil. She was dominant force who used crafty female methods to achieve power. Her strength and ambition ended up being her downfall.