What is the character of lady Macbeth in Macbeth?

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Lady Macbeth performs an important role in the play by influencing her husband to murder King Duncan. Lady Macbeth is portrayed as an extremely ambitious woman, who uses her sexuality to manipulate Macbeth. After calling on evil spirits to fill her with cruelty, she ridicules her husband by calling...

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Lady Macbeth performs an important role in the play by influencing her husband to murder King Duncan. Lady Macbeth is portrayed as an extremely ambitious woman, who uses her sexuality to manipulate Macbeth. After calling on evil spirits to fill her with cruelty, she ridicules her husband by calling him a coward and comes up with a plan for Macbeth to assassinate the king. She realizes that Macbeth will not murder the king on his own and carefully plots King Duncan's assassination before convincing her husband to follow through with the murder. Lady Macbeth even places the bloody daggers back into the king's chamber following the murder and attempts to calm her husband. Despite Lady Macbeth's ruthless, ambitious nature, she later becomes overwhelmed with guilt and grief. Lady Macbeth gradually loses her mind and begins to hallucinate while sleepwalking at night. Her evil deed haunts her, even as Macbeth develops into a callous, overconfident tyrant and begins to distance himself. Lady Macbeth can no longer handle the weight of her crime and ends up committing suicide by the end of the play.

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Lady Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's most interesting female characters. Her personality and ambition rivals that of Shakespeare's male characters. She is fully aware of how her personality can be used to achieve her own goals. Lady Macbeth plots to kill Duncan and is able to bring Macbeth into her scheme.

She uses her femininity to manipulate people and push them into doing tasks that can be considered masculine. The act of murder is one of these male oriented acts. Women are thought to not possess the ambition and tendency toward such inclinations. They are gentler, if not weaker, gender so to have a woman with such lofty goals and determination to put her thoughts into action is noteworthy. It helps to explain why Shakespeare chose to create a character like Lady Macbeth.

However, at the end of Macbeth, she becomes a shell of her former self. She is weakened by guilt from her part in the murder of Duncan. She wanders about trying to remove the stigma of her sin. Lady Macbeth can not get the blood off of her hands. This weakened state she finds herself in is why she ultimately kills herself. Her guilt and pain is too great to endure any longer.

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