Lady Macbeth

The wife of Macbeth, whose ambition and manipulation helps to drive her husband toward the desperate act of murder. Subsequently, her husband’s cruelty and her own guilt recoil on her, sending her into a madness from which she never recovers. She embodies a traditional Shakespearian woman, as Shakespeare loved them to have more power and deep underlying control of the male, which went against gender roles of the time period.


‘Glamis thou art, and Cawdor; and shalt be what thou art promised: yet do i fear thy nature; It is too full o’ the milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way’

‘Art thou afeard to be the same in thine own act and valour as thou art in desire’

‘Like the poor cat i’ the adage?’

‘Had he not resembled my father as he slept, i had done’t’

‘Go get some water and wash this filthy witness from your hand’

‘I’ll gild the faces of the grooms withal; for it must seem their guilt’

‘My hands are of your colour; but I shame to wear a heart so white’

‘Nought’s had, all’s spent, where our desire is got without content: tis safer to be that which we destroy than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy’

‘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? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account? –Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him’

‘The thane of Fife had a wife: where is she now’

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