Lady Macbeth's Role in Macbeth by Shakespeare

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Her portrayal is not confined within any of the pedestrian gender roles of sixteenth and seventh century England. Instead, her robust personality makes her one of the most famous and frightening female characters in Shakespeare’s plays. In this tragedy, Lady Macbeth is a strong and ruthless woman who plots the murder of the Scottish King, Duncan for the ascension of her husband, Macbeth, to the crown (www.history.hangover.edu).
The ease at which she manipulates her husband and questions his manhood for the sole purpose of killing Duncan, shows Lady Macbeth’s associates masculinity to uncheck ambition and brutal violence. She even wishes to be “unsexed” so that she could complete the deed that Macbeth was so tentative in completing: “ Come you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here; and fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full of direst cruelty!” (www.history.hangover.edu) 1.
However, every sin has a repercussion; in Lady Macbeth’s case, her sensitivity to guilt consumed her (as did her ambition to kill the king before). The guilt gnawed on her insides and left her in a state of madness and depression. Near the end of the play, Lady Macbeth aimlessly sleepwalks throughout the castle and eventually kill herself, unable to deal with stains of blood on her hands (www.sparknotes.com).
Overall, Lady Macbeth’s character personality and…
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