Lady Macbeth Essay

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Lady Macbeth It is thought that Macbeth was written in 1605 or 1606 and performed for King James 1 and his brother-in-law, King Christian of Denmark. Whether it was actually performed for the king, or was premiered at The Globe Theatre like most of Shakespeare’s plays, there can be little doubt that aspects of the play were intended to please James 1, who was by this time the patron of Shakespeare’s theatre group. For example, the character of Banquo, the legendary root of the Stuart family tree, is depicted very favourably, perhaps to please the king. The play is also quite short, possibly because Shakespeare knew that James preferred short plays and…show more content…
Lady Macbeth seems very cold hearted and almost inhumane when she suggests that she would kill her own child breaking a promise to her husband. It is difficult to know whether Lady Macbeth is just exaggerating or whether she would be prepared to carry out such an incredible action. At this part of the play she slyly manipulates Macbeth by calling him a coward, saying, “Live like a coward in thine own esteem, letting ‘I dare not’ wait upon ‘I would’ like the cat I’ the adage?” She then contrasts this with her own determination to accentuate Macbeth’s weakness. Macbeth is shamed by her persuasive words and agrees to take part in her murderous plan. Deceptiveness is another of Lady Macbeth’s great strengths. She welcomes Duncan whole- heartedly to the castle telling him “ all our service, in every point twice done, and then done double, were poor and single business to contend.” This quality also proves very useful to Lady Macbeth in other parts of the play. When the bells ring- (the sign for the killing to take place) Lady Macbeth panics and has to rely on alcohol to give her ‘Dutch courage.’ This is a rare sign of weakness. It is times like this when we begin to wonder if the ruthless image portrayed by Lady Macbeth is true or not. The murder of

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