Lady Macbeth

Lady Macbeth

The play of “Macbeth” tells the story of a soldier who has been prophesized to become king and all of the difficult decisions he must make to become king. Lady Macbeth takes the role of being arguably one of the most striking female characters in literature from her major contribution to the plot in the Scottish play by Shakespeare. First impressions are one of the most prominent things in an introduction. Lady Macbeth’s introduction throws itself straight into her strong controlling and complex character. Her view of her husband and the relationship between the two highlights her powerful character: she is suggested to be equal in greatness to Macbeth but her speech and powerful use of words in her monologue hint at a very dark and manipulative personality.

Her view of her husband, Macbeth, is alluded to in one of her very first descriptions. The relationship between she and her husband is used to emphasize her cunning and control:

my dearest partner of greatness,

Macbeth referring to Lady Macbeth, in his letter, this way would suggest that in the relationship the two are equal. However, the way that Lady Macbeth describes her husband shows that he may be deluded in his views. She feels that her husband is too weak to take his future into his own hands. This delusion of Macbeth reinforces the intelligence of Lady Macbeth as she has made someone believe that the two are equals, but in truth, Lady Macbeth feels that she is the stronger one in the relationship – manipulation.

Lady Macbeth further begins to manipulate the relationship she has with Macbeth by showing her way of gaining control. Her powerful words highlight her controlling nature:

  Hie thee hither,
That I may pour my spirits in thine ear,
And chastise with the valour of my tongue

Lady Macbeth has the strength in her words to reduce a warrior – Macbeth – to straying off the path of goodness and becoming a traitor to his king. She is forcing parts of her character...