In Shakespeare's Macbeth, the character of Lady Macbeth illustrates well the "mind over matter" vulnerability. Unlike her husband, who fights in battles and commits or orders several murders, Lady Macbeth is passive in the commitment of these heinous acts. However, she does encourage Macbeth in his murder of the king, Duncan; and, ironically, she berates Macbeth for being weak. In her speech, she seems ruthless and determined:
And fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-fulll
Of direst cruelty! Mke thick my blood,
Stop up th'access and passage to remorse
That no compunctious visiting of nature
Shake my fell purpose, no keep peace tween
Th'effect and it! (I,iv,, )
However, in contrast to the first three acts in which Lady Macbeth appears cold and calculating, her actions in the last two exhibit much less force, confidence, and ambition, pointing to the line from Hamlet's famous "to be, or not to be" soliloquy: "Thus, doth conscience make cowards of us all."
What seems to trigger Lady...
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