lady macbeth

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Chris Martin English Per4 1-18-2000 Character Sketch Lady Macbeth In Shakespeare's Macbeth, the character of Lady Macbeth helps to convey the play's theme of the struggle for power and control. Shakespeare presents her character as a dominating, authoritative woman who thrives on the power she holds over her husband. Shakespeare then shows the main character, Macbeth, rise up and join his wife in a struggle for power of his own. It is the actions …

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…submissive individual. She can not allow herself to live her life that way, and as it is explained in the last speech of the play, ". . . [Macbeth's] fiendlike queen,/Who, as 'tis thought, by self and violent hands/ Took off her life. . ."(act 5, scene 8, 82-84). Lady Macbeth saw death as the only way she could escape a life of passiveness and weakness, which she believed was inevitable once she lost control of Macbeth's actions. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ **Bibliography**