6th March 2018

Lady Macbeth

information from Wikipedia:

Lady Macbeth is a leading character in William Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth (c.1603–1607). The wife of the play’s tragic hero, Macbeth (a Scottish nobleman), Lady Macbeth goads her husband into committing regicide, (regicide is the act of killing a monarch) after which she becomes queen of Scotland. Later, however, she suffers pangs of guilt for her part in the crime, which drives her to sleepwalk. She dies off-stage in the last act, an apparent suicide. Lady Macbeth is a powerful presence in the play, most notably in the first two acts. Following the murder of King Duncan, however, her role in the plot diminishes. She becomes an uninvolved spectator to Macbeth’s plotting and a nervous hostess at a banquet dominated by her husband’s hallucinations. Her sleepwalking scene in the fifth act is a turning point in the play, and her line “Out, damned spot!” has become a phrase familiar to many speakers of the English language. The report of her death late in the fifth act provides the inspiration for Macbeth’s “Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow” speech.


I think lady Macbeth is a very interesting character. She is just as ambitious as Macbeth but unlike him she is a woman which makes it hard for her to gain the power she craves. She must work through others to get what she wants and go’s as far as convincing her husband to kill his cousin, the king of Scotland.

please keep in mind that I gathered this information from a brief overview of the story I did last year so it wont be 100% accurate.

fact: in the play the other characters never refer to her as Lady Macbeth but rather Macbeth’s wife, Macbeth lady or just lady.


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