Lady Macbeth Essay

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William Shakespeare created a dynamic character called lady Macbeth; she was the total opposite of what women of the Shakespearian era were supposed to be. Despite qualities women were supposed to have in Shakespeare’s time, Lady Macbeth defied the way most women of her time acted. Lady Macbeth defied the ways of women of her time by being manipulative, ambitious, and ruthless.
Women’s lifestyles back in Shakespeare’s time period was very different from the modern day women’s lifestyles of today. The characteristics for women of that time was that women should be uneducated, should follow chastity, take care of the home and should not join a profession or get a job. Most women were denied the chance to be
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— [Knocking within.] Hark, more knocking: Get on your nightgown, lest occasion call us
And show us to be watchers: —be not lost
So poorly in your thoughts.
(II, i, 146-155).
     Their nerves are raw, every noise seems like an explosion to them. Starring at his bloody hands, Macbeth at last recognizes that the murder is no longer an abstract idea but an accomplished fact. This one act transforms Macbeth horribly because of Lady Macbeth’s ambitious ways. Yet Macbeth soon becomes accustomed to his new identity and killing doesn’t mean that much to him any more because he has already “murdered” sleep. (Epstain)
     Shakespeare uses symbolism to convey a message in the statement made by Lady Macbeth. The blood represents a sign on what Macbeth did to Duncan and he can’t get rid of the blood and he keeps on seeing the blood. Lady Macbeth doesn’t really care about the entire killing and she just says that only water will clear them of what he just did. Macbeth insists that he murdered sleep along with Duncan and Lady Macbeth has no problem going to sleep at night. Lady Macbeth persuaded Macbeth to kill Duncan in order to fulfill her own ambitious ways because she wanted to be the queen. Lady Macbeth “…(is) but a victim of a pathological mental dissociation arising upon an unstable, day dreaming basis, and is due to the emotional shocks of her past experiences. Lady Macbeth is a typical case of hysteria; her ambition is merely

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