The Downfall Of Lady Macbeth


Macbeth is a play full of magic, mystery, and murder. The variety of
plots, as well as the interesting characters, force the reader to pay full
attention at all times. Unfortunately, one of these characters is a victim of
her own imagination. Although Lady Macbeth adds much positive flavour to the
play, her character is revealed through her aggressive attitude with her husband,
her inhumane disregard for life, and her guilty conscience.

Lady Macbeth is very assertive when dealing with her husband's
hesitations about murdering Duncan:

"O never shall sun that morrow see!
Your face... is as a book where men
May read strange matters. To beguile the time,
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due to her relentless pursuit
of power and authority.

Lady Macbeth is a heartless fiend with an savage disregard for life.
This is evident in the manner in which she downplays the murder of Duncan to her
husband:

"A little water clears us of this deed;
How easy is it, then! Your constancy
Hath left you unattended...
Get on your night-gown, lest occasion call us,
And show us to be watchers. Be not lost
So poorly in your thoughts."

She tries to make Macbeth believe that committing the murder was not a vicious
deed and that washing their hands will wash away all the guilt. Macbeth
exclaims that "all Neptune's ocean" will not wash the blood from his hands.
Lady Macbeth appears at this point to be a ruthless killer working on behalf of
the prince of darkness, which solidifies her character and gives the audience
new insights to her psychological state.

The audience is lead to believe that Lady Macbeth will never feel any
guilt ...

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