Lady Macbeth Character Analysis Essay

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William Shakespeare is noted for having many enigmatic characters, and most of his female characters tend to get most of the attention, especially Lady Macbeth from Macbeth. Lady Macbeth shows throughout the play that she is not a kind and gentle woman, but rather she’s a ruthless and aggressive character who is hungry for power despite on being Macbeth’s wife. Surprisingly, she is not the only frightening female character in the play, as previously before her debut, her husband encounters three powerful and evil witches who him an ominous prophecy about him becoming king, which Lady Macbeth plans to make come true. Although it is never stated in Macbeth, Lady Macbeth’s ruthless personality and the witches’ malevolent nature bear many similarities; …show more content…

She uses the word ‘unsex’ in particular, because she wants to be stripped of her femininity and her human heart so that way she could be crueler and no longer just a ‘woman’. This shows that Lady Macbeth’s soliloquy highlights that she does not want her humanity or status as a woman to hold her back from her own thirst for power. She has to depend on evil spirits to rid of her of her femininity and humanity, and to give her greater power beyond those of a woman’s and a …show more content…

Lady Macbeth showed the audience how far she was willing to go for her own power, by both calling upon the spirits to enable herself to get out of her role and influencing her husband to take action. She is ultimately the cataclysm that fanned the flames to her husband’s ambition and drive, and it is her own power that turned Macbeth into a vicious tyrant. In a way, Lady Macbeth truly was a witch because she succeeded in not only getting more power for herself, but for her husband too, and in the end her powers ended up destroying them

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