Essay on Lady Macbeth

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Throughout the tragedy of Macbeth we observe two people on their attempt to gain power and glory through various foul actions. It can be argued that Lady Macbeth is the one responsible for triggering a slippage into this inevitable situation that led to their descent. From the moment Macbeth became aware of his “fate” Lady Macbeth started forming her own imaginary world in which her evil plans seemed likely to be effective. The thought of she and her husband being royalty makes her dismiss rationality and while being immersed in her corrupt intentions, she bares a great influence on Macbeth himself. During the play her personality is being subjected to a gradual and deteriorating transformation which leads to her demise. This essay will…show more content…
She is also referring to her as “this little hand (V. I. 43-44). Given this, we can help but to wonder how she comes up with such evil plans and how all these dark thoughts like the following go through her head.
I have given suck, and know
How tender ‘tis to love the babe that milks me:
I would, while it was smiling in my face,
Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums,
And dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you
Have done to this. (I.VII.54-59). The appearance of blood during the play signifies the existence of guilt embraced by Lady Macbeth’s vulnerable nature. Her first encounter with blood was while she was sleepwalking when she noticed a spot of blood on her hands “Out, damned spot out, I say”. (V. I. 33). This spot of blood proves to her that she would have to live with the guilt forever and is a proof of her action towards which she, before committing, kept an indifferent position. “Here’s the smell of blood still. All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand” The smell of blood cannot be ignored by Lady Macbeth. In fact, she is aware that no matter what occurs it is always going to be there reminding her of the murder. At this point we come upon a contrast of images. On one hand we have the sickening smell of blood and on the other the sweet perfumes of Arabia. By differentiating these to smells Shakespeare

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