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Macbeth Essay

The play Macbeth by William Shakespeare uses many thought provoking examples of how something that starts out with the best intentions can ultimately lead to disaster. The play, which is set in Scotland back at the end of the medieval era, is about one man's ambition to become king and the impact of that ambition on those close to him. Macbeth fulfils this ambition through the support and help of this wife, Lady Macbeth, only to find out that what he originally thought he wanted is not making him happy Lady Macbeth strives to ensure her husband attains what he desires, but when she realizes he is unhappy she feels responsible. Examples of Lady Macbeth's attentive and selfless acts she performs in order to help reassure her husbands aspirations to be king come frequently at the beginning of the play. The altruistic nature of Lady Macbeth collapses to show schemes and lies used to achieve her husbands aspirations further on in the play. Lady Macbeth's lies and manipulation increases to such an extent, that it causes Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's division, her insanity, which results in her talking her own life. Lady Macbeth's desire to fulfil her husbands ambitions out of love for her husband turns her into a manipulative wife, which results in their growing separation, her madness and eventually her own downfall. At the beginning of the play there are many examples of Lady Macbeth's attempts to satisfy her husband's dreams through her loving and selfless nature. Lady Macbeth will do anything to fulfil her husbands wishes, which she does both by giving up time and exerting great effort. Sitting at home, Lady Macbeth finishes reading the letter she has just received from her husband regarding what the witches had said and about Duncan coming to visit. She exhibits her first signs of altruism as she states: "Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be / What thou art promise'd:" (Act I , Scene V, Lines 15-16) She can tell by the way he h...

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