DC English 2322
5 November 2017
Lady Macbeth: Character Analysis
In the play, Macbeth by Shakespeare, Lady Macbeth is considered to be one of the most powerful female characters out of not only the play, but of all of Shakespeare’s works. Throughout the play Lady Macbeth shows that she is ambitious and cunning as she urges Macbeth to clear his way to the throne and helps plan out the death of Duncan. She plays a major role in convincing Macbeth that murder is the only way possible to achieve his goals. Though, her ruthlessness catches up with her as she fails to keep her composure and succumbed to the guilt of her evil ways by committing suicide. Lady Macbeth is a primary and powerful character because she is able to convince others to commit sins yet, she is still human because she is unable to bear the consequences of her actions on her shoulders.
Developed to be the counterpart of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is seen to be a powerful woman. Unlike her husband, Macbeth; Lady Macbeth lack humanity when it comes to getting what she wants and rising in the social hierarchy. This is seen when Lady Macbeth pleads to the spirits to “unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of direst cruelty. Make thick my blood. Stop up the access and passage to remorse, that no compunctious visitings of nature shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between the effect and it!” (Act 1 Scene 5 Lines 41 - 48). This is where Lady Macbeth basically calls upon the spirits to take away her humanity so that she may conduct the deeds that need to be done without the worry of human emotion to get in the way. This is where the reader first sees how far Lady Macbeth will go to satisfy her hunger for power.
Full of ambition, Lady Macbeth's main trait; her main goal throughout the play is to gain power and become Queen. Once she hears that the title of ‘king’ is prophesied in Macbeth’s future, Lady Macbeth wastes no time in making the prophecy a reality. This is seen when Lady Macbeth proclaims to herself that Macbeth “which cries, “Thus thou m...