Lady Macbeth: Ambition Meets Cruelty Analytical Essay by Nicky

Lady Macbeth: Ambition Meets Cruelty
A character study of Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare's play, "Macbeth".
# 146877 | 1,094 words | 1 source | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Jan 22, 2011 in Drama and Theater (English) , Literature (English) , Shakespeare (MacBeth)

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The paper discusses Lady Macbeth as a dominant, confident and strong-willed woman who manipulates her husband with no regret. The paper shows how her character drives the play, and points out that her demise at the end of the play is cathartic to the play and to the audience.

From the Paper:

"Shakespeare reveals the importance of Lady Macbeth's character early in the play. We know what kind of person she is by her reaction to his letter. Her position in the play makes her character much stronger than his and it is their love that allows her to have such control over him. He does not suspect that she would convince him to do something wrong or evil. She is all too aware of his nature and admits that she fears that it might be "too full o' the milk of human kindness" (I.iv.18). She knows that her husband is ambitious but he does not have "The illness should attend it" (I.iv.21). Here we see that lady Macbeth is very aware of her husband's personality. She knows that he is prone to do the right thing and might just need a little push from him in order to attain the throne. In fact, we might wonder if Macbeth would ever have thought of murder on his own."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Shakespeare, William. Macbeth. New York: Washington Square Press New Folger Edition. 1992.

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