Even Better Version Of Face And Lady MacBeth

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Face and Lady MacBeth (Redo)


        "There's no art to find the minds construction in the face" (1.4.14/15). Duncan, who was the King of Scotland in William Shakespeare's MacBeth, said this. It was after he had found out that one of the Thanes of Scotland had committed treason against him. Another thane, MacBeth, nobly slays MacDonwald and MacBeth gets MacDonwald's title. Before he receives the title of Thane of Cawdor, MacBeth has an encounter with three witches. These witches are called the Weird Sisters, because they are prophecies that can tell a person their future. When MacBeth meets the witches, they greet him as Thane of Glamis (which was the title he was born into), Thane of Cawdor, and "MacBeth, that shalt be king hereafter" (1.3.53). At first he does not take the witches seriously, but then thinks twice when the title of Thane of Cawdor was laid upon him. He writes a letter to his wife and tells her everything that happened to him. When he arrives home she demeans his manhood once she sees that he is not going to go through with the plan they had created to kill Duncan. After telling him that she is questioning his love for her, MacBeth continues with the plan of treason. Lady MacBeth not only proves to be the most evil woman, but the most evil person in the play. Many times she uses her intelligence to get what she wants, but with her husband she uses his love for her to make him commit acts of murder, and by this she is a scheming and treacherous woman.
        The reader can see that Lady MacBeth was a conniving person from the moment she was introduced into the play. "Your face, my thane is as a book where men may read strange matters" (1.6.73/74). Even though she has convinced MacBeth to kill Duncan, Shakespeare still has not shown her in her most evil light. She compares MacBeth's face to book saying that by the way he looks, people may be able to "read' what he is thinking. She tells him "to look like th' innocent flower, / But to be the serpent under't" (1.2.76-78). She wants him to look jovial and be merry because Duncan is going to stay the night at their castle. She also wants him "To beguile the time, /Look like the time. Bear welcome in your eye, /Your hand, your tongue" (1.5.74-76) She continues to tell MacBeth to be a kind host to Duncan, but to still be ready to kill him when the opportunity came. She is a person who is capable of killing almost anyone even that of her own flesh and blood.
        Even though we do not see any children of MacBeth and Lady MacBeth, there is a part in the play that shows they do, and it also shows how cruel Lady MacBeth could be to her child. "How tender "˜tis to love the babe that milks me. I would while it smiling in my face, have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums and dashed the brains out, had I sworn to you, have done this" (1.7.63-67). This shows how wicked she truly is, when she can take her own child as she was breastfeeding it, rip it from her, and then kill it. She says this after MacBeth told her that he again decided not to kill Duncan. She tries to persuade MacBeth to kill Duncan, by laying a guilt trip on him. She says that she would kill their own child, if that is what she had promised to him, so why is it that he could not kill Duncan for her? Through exploitation and diminution, she again convinces MacBeth to carry out the plan of murder.
        Even though it seems she only has wickedness, malevolence, and evil in her, there is a time in the play where she shares a shred of human decency with the reader. "Had he not resembled my father as he slept, I had done't" (2.2l.16/17). She is saying that if Duncan had not looked so much like her father when he was sleeping, she would have killed him herself, instead of having her husband do it. Even though she could kill her own baby, she must have loved her father more than anyone else, because she would not even kill someone who looked like him. Even though this is the one time in the play where the reader can see she has conscience, it brings up a very ironic point. She could not kill Duncan because he looked so much like her father, yet she goes back to Duncan's room, puts the daggers back into his bloody wounds, and then puts it on the chamberlains to blame them of the murder. "If he do bleed, / I'll gild the faces of the grooms withal, / for it must seem their guilt" (2.2.71-73)
        The impiety that she has in her starts to flow into other people in the play. MacBeth is a prime example of this. After she had again badgered MacBeth for wavering against their plan, and then deciding not to kill Duncan, he changed his mind once again. He had intent and she was his spur. She continuously pricked him over and over again until he finally gave in and decided once and for all that he was gong to murder Duncan. "False face must hide what the false heart doth/ know" (1.7.95/96). It is at this point in the play where the reader knows that MacBeth is not going to change his mind again, and that Lady MacBeth had finally gotten what she wanted "¦ or was it?
        A very complicated woman indeed, Lady MacBeth represent what women back in Shakespeare's time were not supposed to symbolize. She was strong and courageous, yet conniving and deceitful. Even though some may hate her, they must say that she had a lot of power and authority. She is strong natured and independent. In the next few acts however, this could all change. She has a lot of guilt on her conscience from the murders that she and MacBeth have committed together. She and MacBeth are not as close as they used to be anymore. In the beginning of the story she was the ambitious one, urging MacBeth to continue with the plan of murdering Duncan. On the other hand, when MacBeth plans to kill Banquo and Fleance, he would not tell her of that plan. Will she get over her guilt and take charge again, or will she begin to lose control and do something to hurt herself or others? Either way, Lady MacBeth is an iniquitous and malicious woman and deserves whatever bad providence falls upon her in the next few acts.
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