Lady Macbeth As A Villain

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AN ACCOUNT OF LADY MACBETH AS A CHARACTER AND A VILLAIN “Every villain is a hero in his own mind”-Tom Hiddleston, this is the case of Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare’s’ Macbeth. She is one of William Shakespeare’s most famous and frightening female characters. As she is Macbeth’s wife, her role is very significant in his rise and fall from royalty. During Shakespearean times, women were regarded as weak, insignificant beings that were there to procreate and look beautiful. They were not thought to be as intelligent or equal to men. Though in Shakespeare's play, Macbeth, Lady Macbeth had a great influence on her husband, Macbeth. Her role was so large, that she uses her position to gain power, stay strong enough to support Macbeth, and fails miserably…show more content…
She became an image known for her ambitious nature. Her thirst for power and disregard for life was shocking to the audience, and her husband as well. The moment she learns of the prophecies, she decides to stand behind Macbeth and see him to the throne. She is immediately set on her quest for more power. As it reads “Glamis thou art, and Cawdor; and shalt be/ What thou art promised” (1.5.13-14).This moment is very important because it is the turning point where she decides that she might have to kill to fulfill her quest for royalty. This is one of the traits that portray her as a villain; her thirst to…show more content…
At a banquet, Macbeth is certain he sees the ghost of his murdered former companion, Banquo. Macbeth’s mental state is declining and Lady Macbeth takes strength where her husband lacks. Lady Macbeth says to their guests, “My lord is often thus/ And hath been from his youth. Pray you, keep /seat. / The fit is momentary.” (3.4.56-59). If Macbeth spoke any further, he could be exposed of his secrets of murder, but Lady Macbeth conceals his burst of indecorous behavior. However appalling she may be, she is sublime.” Lady Macbeth is then proven to be the strong and supportive wife. Thus, without her constant support, they could have been uncovered in their
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