A Woman of No Faith
Lady Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's greatest and most interesting female
characters. She is evil, and witch-like all at the same time. However, during the play we see her in two different ways. At the time when we first meet her, she is a brutally violent, power wanting witch, and later on she turns to a shameful suicidal grieving woman.
At the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth is very brutal and cruel.
She thinks nothing of killing King Duncan. She has no sense of what is wrong
and right, and believes that it is perfectly trust worthy to do the act of murder. In Act 1 Scene 7 She states that to not go through with the deed would be horrible to yourself, and that you would be a coward in your own eyes. Also, She states that if she ...view middle of the document...
Lady MacBeth on the other hand, takes everything calmly. She takes the daggers back to the King's room, smears blood on the drunken guards, and attempts to destroy all evidence of MacBeth ever being there. She knows what needs to be done and does it without any delay or fear. However, it is later in the play, it is revealed to us that Lady MacBeth's conscience is strong. When sleep walking at night, Lady MacBeth begins saying rapidly about spots of blood on her hands. "Out damned spot! out, I say! One; two: why, then 'tis time to do't Hell is murky! Fie, my lord - fie! a soldier and afeard?"
When at first she believes that "a little water clears us of this deed", and now she can smell the blood on her hands still, and "all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand". She now realizes the consequences of what she has done. She knows that the sin will be on her soul forever, and that nothing will be able to cleanse it. She realizes "What's done cannot be undone". But this can not be redemption. She has done the deed and must expect the consequences. Her wrongdoing has been too much; she has committed the mortal sin. Though she now realizes it, she has still the deed on her soul. It can never be totally cleaned; therefore Lady Macbeth can never have total redemption. And therefore she commits suicides.
In conclusion, Lady Macbeth is a complex character. She is seen as two totally different people as the play progresses. At first, she is crazy about getting the power of the King. She is brutal and cruel in both the things she says and does. But as the play progresses, she begins to understand the consequences of her actions, and goes slightly mad from these thoughts. She can never be totally redeemed of her mortal sin until; she gives her life up which she did at the end of the play.