Essay on William Shakespeare's Macbeth

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William Shakespeare's Macbeth

During the Elizabethan era, the great chain of being reigned. Women were low on this chain of power, and men were on top. In fact, women were below horses; you couldn’t live without a good horse, but, you could live without a wife. Lady Macbeth was a woman before her time, she was caught between being today’s ambitious, powerful modern woman and a fragile creature of the Elizabethan era.

In the first four acts of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is vicious, overly ambitious, without conscience, and willing to do whatever it takes to get what she wants. In this case, she wants to become Queen of Scotland. "Whiles I stood rapt in the/ wonder of it, came missives from the king, who all-/ hailed me, ‘Thane of
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Macbeth continued on a killing rampage, irradicating all perceivable enemies. "Suddenly, Lady Macbeth begins to have pangs of guilt, such as in the famous scene where she attempts to wash her hands of blood. She begins to have frequent bouts of sleeptalking and sleepwalking, where the terror of her conscience expresses itself." (SparkNotes, list of characters: Lady Macbeth)."Her control over Macbeth has waned, and over herself, her control is dwindling as each second passes.

The fire she once had, which drove Macbeth forward is now no more than a minute spark. She is beginning to lose that controlling stiffness. She asks Macbeth, ‘what’s to be done" (III ii, 44), which is a drastic change in control." (Lady Macbeth- Character Changes Throughout the Play).Lady Macbeth’s seemingly male actions are replaced at this point in the play and she is wrought by guilt. She suffers from a mental and emotional breakdown as a result of this guilt. She is emotionally exhausted and becomes the typical "fragile flower".We first see this side of her when she states that she cannot kill Duncan because "had he not resembled/ My father as he slept, I had done’t" (II ii, 16-7).

After Duncan’s murder, the roles of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are reversed, previously, she was the main motivator in the plan to overthrow the kingdom. Following Duncan’s

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