Lady Macbeth Character Analysis Essay


The day was mostly quiet and oddly peaceful. Servants roamed the castle finding tasks to accomplish. Royalty alike traveled to the castle as Macbeth was soon to be declared King of Scotland. Many seemed happy and content to be welcomed to such an event. Macbeth, a tall, well-groomed, handsome man discusses his attire with his wife Lady Macbeth. She is regarded as the beauty of Scotland. She has brown hair braided with flowers in it, a dress laced with gold stripes, and rings which reflection is brighter than the sun. However, such feelings were then destroyed as one could hear a scream as loud as a banshee. A maid ran to the guards yelling “murder, murder, Banquo has been murdered!”  Banquo, being Macbeth's great friend. The guards check the room finding Banquo slashed at the throat. Macbeth, watching through a small secret hole in the wall through his grand bedroom realizing the man he hired did not kill Fleance as well, Banquo’s son. Rumors and discussions of Banquo’s death spread like wildfire from person to person. Everyone dying to know who was the killer and where was he now. Macbeth in his bedroom, thinking of the possibilities of what could happen. His wife, Lady Macbeth mutters under her breath, “idiot.” Macbeth, being the victim of emotional abuse from his wife breaks down in tears. 

Tensions arise between the two as a short funeral was planned for the following day. Macbeth, so full of guilt, worry, and anxiety snaps at his wife, yelling “it was all your idea and I never wanted him dead, but you pressured me into it!” Lady Macbeth being the manipulative abuser in the relationship questions him and tries to make Macbeth feel worse about the murder of his friend. However, deep down Lady Macbeth cant have Macbeth confess to the murder for hire as she knows she will most likely be executed as well as Macbeth. Both filled with worry, anxiety, and anger fuel the argument between the two.

Lady Macbeth understands her husband and knows if he is convinced of something then he is convinced of it. She starts trying to tell him “if you don’t tell anyone, no one will actually know…” Macbeth is not buying it. He whispers to himself over and over, “It’s all my fault, it’s all my fault, it’s all my fault.” Lady Macbeth realizing he is not listening to her snaps at him. “You know what, you are the most pathetic person I know, I ask you to do something and you hire the most unprofessional person to do it. You are an absolute waste of a human Macbeth.” Macbeth being the overly sensitive man says “we should just turn ourselves in, they will find out who planned it eventually.” Macbeth starts brainstorming the best way to make it seem it is not all his fault and to place most of the blame on his wife. Lady Macbeth grabs Macbeth’s ear and tells him if he does so, his dream of royalty and the crown will go with it too. Macbeth paces through the room yelling curse words at his wife while tearing down luxury clothes, throwing his bedsheets around the room, and threatening to kill his wife if she tries to ruin his dream. Both understand the consequences if one confesses and or leaves another. Instead of arguing more, they calm down in the hope of becoming King and Queen. 

The room, thick with tension and fear of the two is quieter than a tree. Destroyed are the artifacts, bedsheets, and banners throughout the room from Macbeth’s rage. The two sit in silence as they understand the complexity of the situation if they are against each other. Lady Macbeth being the unapologetic whisper in her husband’s ear, “I am sorry.” Macbeth in shock accepts his wife’s apology and understands the pain between the two. “Maybe it would be better if we could work this out together instead of being divisive” Macbeth says quietly. Lady Macbeth looks at her husband, smiles, and nodes. The two are united by their evil tendencies and aspirations of goals.

On the day of the funeral, the two create a plan to cover up the death of Banquo by pinning the murder on a maid. Lady Macbeth being friends with a priest plans on bribing him with gold and jewels she owns. The idea between the two is to have the priest declare her a witch, leading to her execution. Both thinkings of it have a perfect plan in which leads to no one suspecting it was the King and Queen of Scotland. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth both dressed in silky black clothing both promise to each other to stay on each other’s side no matter what happens in the future. The two, both smiling exit the room to attend the funeral. 
 

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