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November 18, 2007 at 10:12 pm #1393
lady macbeth at the start ruthless but later changes.
November 19, 2007 at 12:36 am #16413
Hi style, sent you a private message too. Hope this of use for you:
Lady Macbeth ruthless:
• Uses Macbeth’s masculinity to coax him to commit the ultimate sin, regicide
• Calls on spirits and gods at the start for help; association with evil? Not the natural order?
• Attempts to and succeeds in eradicating Macbeth’s human kindness
• Willing to frame others for the murder of Duncan
• Believes that water can wash the blood off their hands
• Hypocrite/ cowardly for not killing Duncan?
• Faints to draw attention away from Macbeth; lies at feast
• Suicide – escaping from her troubles through death – a suitable punishment? Does Macbeth suffer more?
• Willing to sacrifice womanliness for murderous intention without realizing the importance of this womanliness after the crime (preserving the aim of her ambition which has been attained through a crime).
• Corrupt centre of the world of the play?
Lady Macbeth changes and later can be pitied?
• Irreversible nature of deeds realized
• Suffers, like Macbeth, from a lust for power
• Good wife; knows her husband’s personality, believes getting the kingship is what is best for them
• Descent into madness
• Evidence of her losing a child?
• Suffers later from internal suffering
• She suffers much: faints purposely but strain shows during and after the feast
• Also suffers from the upsetting of the natural order; external Scotland takes its toll
• Fools herself? She thinks she can carry through the plan but her conscience holds her back. She drinks what she used to drug the King’s minders to give herself courage
• Her soliloquies are not true; other characters listen
• Her death is dealt with in very few lines; Macbeth does not mourn
• Believed making herself evil was possible, but she did not consider the consequences that would come with it
• Struggles with her femininity, believes it holds her back (although this is not the case)
• Is she evil? Evil is only used in the England scene. Is evil for Shakespeare the poor human habit and behavior?
• Does she commit suicide?
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