Characterizing Lady MacBeth

Characterizing Lady MacBeth

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  • Lady MacBeth just received a letter from MacBeth saying that he was prophesized to become King. She reads it and decides to do something about it. She states, "it is too full o'th' milk of human kindness," (1.5.17). In other words, Lady MacBeth doesn't believe her husband is capable of committing such a deed. 
  • Lady MacBeth realizes that in order for her husband to become king, they would need to get rid of Duncan. She quotes, "unsex me here/ and fill me from the crown to the toe top-full of direst cruelty," (1.5.41-43). She is asking spirits to rid her of her female characteristics and allow her to commit the act without feeling any sort of remorse.
  • Once MacBeth killed Duncan, he brings the dagger out of the room and Lady MacBeth goes to put it back. She says to her husband, "give me the daggers. The sleeping and dead/ are but as pictures," (2.2.57-58). She is able to walk into the murder scene, with the weapon and set it down without feeling any kind of guilt.
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