Lady Macbeth character analysis

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  • Lady Macbeth subverts gender stereotypes as well as religion.
    • "come thick night and pall thee in the dunness smoke of hell"
      • Lady Macbeth commands iniquitous "spirits" to hide her vile desires from God
        • She acknowledges that there is a power of God, yet she has the audacity and malevolence to rebel against both; religious and social expectations.
    • Lady Macbeth Character Analysis
      • Deceptiveness
        • Lady Macbeth portrays deceptiveness towards her King, her country and her religion.
          • " Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under't "
            • Biblical refrence
              • Reference to the story of Adam and Eve. Lady Macbeth is telling her husband to appear harmless but be prepared to strike like a deadlyy snake hiding behind the flower
      • Guilt
        • " What will these hands ne'er be clean?"
          • The blood has not only stained Lady Macbeth's hand but has also stained her soul.
            • Lady Macbeth come into realisation of her dark deed
          • Lady Macbeth has finally fulfilled her role as a women by portraying herself as week and feeble.
    • " nor heaven peep through the blanket of dark to cry, hold, hold"
      • Instead if supplicating to God, Lady Macbeth supplicates to "spirits".
        • This proves the gravity of her sinful desires, that even religious forces are forced to intervene, she refers to religion to prove that she fears it but is also the foil to religion and God.
    • "unsex me here"
      • Lady Macbeth wants to ***** herself of her feminine qualities to appear more masculine.
        • She needs to appear more masculine in order to express the dark, evil desires that lurk within her.
      • The adverb "here" depicts a sense of urgency, thus suggesting how impatient lady Macbeth is and here eagerness for power

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