14 May 2014
The Character Analysis of the Insane Lady Macbeth
Throughout the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, observers see Macbeth as a merciless, cold blooded killer. After reading and watching Shakespeare's play people could make the argument that Macbeth is the most ruthless and evil character in the play. Macbeth is not the most ruthless or evil in the play. In reality Macbeth's wife, Lady Macbeth, is in fact the most ruthless and evil character that Shakespeare decided to write about in the play Macbeth. Throughout the play, Lady Macbeth's character has changed and she becomes the instigator in the rise and fall of Macbeth's ruling of Scotland. Lady Macbeth can be considered the main cause of King Duncan's murder, and, Lady Macbeth is the most evil character in the play. Even though Lady Macbeth is not the main character, she is one of the most important.
Shakespeare's character, Lady Macbeth, seems to be one of the most frightening among most female characters. When Lady Macbeth is first seen in the beginning of the play, she is planning the perfect way to murder King Duncan. After she reads the letter from her husband, she realizes she may have to force her husband to complete the murder to become the new king of Scotland. She practically prays to be "unsexed" and to feel no remorse for the murder that will happen. The quote, "The raven himself is hoarse, that croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan under my battlements. Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the 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!" (1.5 40-49) is Lady Macbeth professing her want to kill Duncan without feeling any remorse for it. Lady Macbeth goes into great detail describing how she wants the angels to "unsex" her. These details are a continuation of how she wishes to be "unsexed". She starts her changes by asking the angels "Come to my woman's breasts, and take my milk for gall, you murd'ring ministers, wherever in your sightless substances you wait on nature's mischief. Come, thick night, and pall thee in the funniest smoke of hell, that my keen knife see not the wound it makes, nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark to cry "Hold, hold!" (1.5 49-56). With the angels unseeing her, Lady Macbeth intends to be able to kill with no guilt. She wants the darkness to come so that she can be hidden when she succeeds in the murder of the King. Lady Macbeth knows of the murders and after Duncan's death she doesn't feel guilty. Once Macbeth has others killed, the audience will start to see Lady Macbeth slip into insanity from her guilt. Lady Macbeth's guilt finally drove her so insane she committed suicide.
Once Macbeth heard of the prophecies, he had a thought of murdering King Duncan. Macbeth told his wife, Lady...