The Character Analysis Of The Insane Lady Mcbeth

1094 words - 5 pages

Kelly Kerrigan
Ryan Strunz
English IV
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...

Find Another Essay On The Character Analysis of the Insane Lady Mcbeth

How McBeth views the relativity of things in the play

792 words - 3 pages Reality is SubjectiveIn the play Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, the author is determined to present a character internally torn and tragically flawed. Macbeth, the central character in the play, and a relatively good man, is told the future by three witches. His comprehension of what the future was could have affected his way of thinking. The actions that followed the predictions of the future seem to be an effect of predictions themselves

Lady MacBeth Character Analysis

2421 words - 10 pages This woman is more than just an interesting character, she goes through several developmental stages, and contrary to the three witches, the evil, or coldness that is within her, cannot be seen through a dialogue, but through the thoughts that occupy her mind. Lady Macbeth is one of the most powerful female characters in literature. The fact of her being her alone in the beginning shows that we are privy to her innermost thoughts and feelings

Analysis of “Hard Rock Returns to Prison from the Hospital for the Criminal Insane”

822 words - 4 pages Etheridge Knight’s “Hard Rock Returns to Prison from the Hospital for the Criminal Insane” is an interesting poem spurred from his own experiences, that explores a variety of things from basic human emotions to controversial medical treatments. Knight was incarcerated for 8 years for robbery, during which he began to develop his skill as a poet, and this stint in prison influenced the settings and styles of his poetry. Knight’s poem is unique in

Character Analysis of "The Chrysanthemums"

1026 words - 4 pages John Steinbeck's short story, "The Chrysanthemums," revolves around the protagonist, Elisa. She lives on a ranch with her husband in a very isolated part of the country. Yearning for a more fulfilling life, Elisa falls prey to momentary attractions and ends up being crushed for her efforts. Through her actions and the environment that surrounds her, the reader is given an accurate portrayal of Elisa's many character traits. However, Elisa's most

Lady Macbeth Character changes throughout the play

1869 words - 7 pages To metamorphose ones character through years of experience and age is salutary. To deteriorate ones character through a short period of fast decisions and unsure actions is perilous. Lady Macbeth proves the truth to this theory. The impulsive mistakes and power-hungry tactics littered the journey Lady MacBeth paves throughout this play that ultimately ends in her death. She feels overwhelmed by all that is happening, both physically and mentally

Character of Lady Macbeth

1008 words - 4 pages Character of Lady Macbeth.Or,Lady Macbeth's influence on Macbeth.Lady Macbeth is a character in Shakespeare's Macbeth (c.1603-1607). She is the wife to the play's protagonist, Macbeth, a Scottish nobleman. After goading him into committing regicide, she becomes Queen of Scotland, but later suffers pangs of guilt for her part in the crime. She dies off-stage in the last act, an apparent suicide.Lady Macbeth's influence on Macbeth is tremendous

The beginning of the Dark Lady: Sonnet 127 Analysis

919 words - 4 pages There is no question that William Shakespeare’s sonnets deal with the themes of love, beauty, and nature, and death, sonnet 127 is no different than the others. Sonnet 127 is written as an anti-Petrarchan statement in the introduction into the Dark Lady sequence which succeeds the fair youth sequence. In the sonnet Shakespeare is heavily expressing the concept that black can be beautiful and only the talk of people says that it cannot, and he

The lady of shallott

620 words - 2 pages In the poem the lady of Shallott, Tennyson uses themes, characterization, imagery, repetition and background information to illustrate the lady of Shallott's feelings throughout the poem.Tennyson uses the legend of king Arthur and his bold and daring knights as his source to show the lady of Shallott's feelings. Tennyson has highlighted the character of Sir Lancelot in his poem; Sir Lancelot is strongly linked with the legend of king Arthur, not

The Lady of Shalot

508 words - 2 pages the poet as greatly as would anything in his life. For a long time, during a period that later came to be known as "the ten years' silence," nothing of Tennyson's was published. In 1842, a new volume, also called Poems, was published, to great critical acclaim. The new book had a slightly revised version of "The Lady of Shalott," and this version is the one that is studied today. Deprivation In this poem, the main character

The Lady of Shalott

1643 words - 7 pages 1.     Introduction This paper will try to analyze the growth of consciousness of the Lady of Shalott. Ranging from her state of mind in total isolation, her 'childhood', to her changing 'adolescence' and eventually reaching 'adulthood' and death, all in a sort of quick-motion. It will further deal with the development of tension throughout the poem. By making a distinction between tension through formal aspects

Character Analysis of "Lord of the Flies"

633 words - 3 pages In the book, "The Lord of the Flies", there are quite a few main characters. However, three are the most important overall. Ralph, the leader of the group, who does not really know what to do most of the time, seems to be the main character of the story (based on the fact that it is through his perspective that we see everything). Jack, the natural leader, takes over in the story, and makes a tribe of his own. Lastly, Simon is possibly the most

Similar Essays

Lady Mcbeth The Villain Essay

673 words - 3 pages saysCome you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts!Unsex me here, And fill me from the crown tothe toe top-full of direst cruelty (I. v. 39-42.)she asks evil spirits to take away her female gender side and award her with the abilities to kill the King. She sketches out the plan of killing the king, with no help and yet she gets Macbeth to participate in this murder. This magnifies the true character of Lady Macbeth as a ruthless villain who will do

"The Sound Of Hollyhocks" By Hugh Garners: Character Analysis William Cornish Radson, Insane Or Just Desperate?

635 words - 3 pages in order to avoid returning to the "Bitch of Belsen" is the concept behind the character of William Radson Cornish, in Hugh Garner's short story, "The sound of Hollyhocks". Rock was not completely insane-he new what he wanted, and more importantly what he didn't.

Character Analysis Of Lady Macbeth

1537 words - 6 pages Character Analysis of Lady Macbeth Act 1 Scene 7 begins with Macbeth’s soliloquy, in which he is exploring the moral and ethical turmoil in which he finds himself over the thought of committing the sacrilegious act of regicide. He scrutinizes the opposed perspectives of whether or not he should take Duncan’s life, providing him with immense power, however he is agitated by the repercussions of such an act. At the end

Explores The Character Of Lady Macbeth

764 words - 3 pages Lady Macbeth's character is first formed in Act I scene v, the scene opens with her reading a letter from her husband, its content is full of thoughts and tellings of the meeting with the witches earlier that day. Lady Macbeth begins by talking about how her husband now has a goal and addresses his personality. Understandably she would like this prophecy to transpire and there is no question that she would be willing to help him gain the
1 rponse | HidupMusik | 37 Nap- Út az első világháborúig