Lady Macbeth: A Wife In Support Of Her Husband



One of the main characters in Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, has been an object of
intense criticism. Although sometimes regarded as cruel and vile, evidence
exists that Shakespeare did not intend for her to be judged so harshly. By
evaluating her character in relation to her actions, her overall relationship
with Macbeth, and her death, we can see that Shakespeare quite possibly wanted
Lady Macbeth to be judged in association with the actions of Macbeth. What
appears to others as ruthlessness and ambition, is really her loyalty and love
for him. Just as Macbeth is ambitious for the throne, so is Lady Macbeth driven
to assist him. All of her actions are done out of devotion and allegiance ...

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Macbeth to remain strong. When his
weaknesses appear, she remains firm. Because of Lady Macbeth, Macbeth achieves
success. Once set on attaining the crown, Lady Macbeth pushes Macbeth to remain
valiant and assists him in his pursuits. The goals of Macbeth become her
aspirations as well. When Macbeth informs Lady Macbeth of his new found glory,
she immediately begins thinking of the possibilities that lie in the future. Her
initial desire to help Macbeth take the crown becomes clear when she speaks,
"That I may pour my spirits in thine ear,/And chastise with the valor of my
tongue/ All that impedes thee from the golden round/ Which fate and metaphysical
aid doth seem/ To have thee crowned withal" (I.v.26-30). Although it appears
that she is monstrous, she is expressing her care for Macbeth by wanting to
assist him. She continues on to say, "Come, you spirits/ That tend on mortal
thoughts, unsex me here,/ And fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full/ Of
direst cruelty!" ...

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