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Lady Macbeth can be considered as a Witch (Act 1)
The modern world is well known author and poet William Shakespeare who conquered the world by his writing in the years 0f 1500 and 1600. Shakespeare is legendary for his plays such as Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, The merchant of Venice and many others. And one of his most renowned plays is Macbeth. Macbeth is a story that mainly revolves around the theme of superstitious belief. Macbeth of Shakespeare is influenced by the witchcraft which was famous in the middle age in the reign of King James. The title itself describes that the story revolve around the protagonist Macbeth. Macbeth is an ambitious thane yet loyal to his king, his meetings with the three supernatural creatures with the prophetic greeting that he will be the king of Scotland change his life and emotions. Macbeth is persuaded to murder his virtuous and righteous king Duncan under the influence of the weird sisters and his beloved wife Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth plays a vital role in executing the crime and has similar personality as witches. Many critics’ considerers Lady Macbeth as the fourth witch because of her ways of persuading, executing and obtaining the kingship. Lady Macbeth’s behavior was different to the woman who lived in the middle age who was considered delicate and good on the other hand Lady Macbeth is mainly seen ambitious and wicked. So it is very important to analysis the character of Lady Macbeth to understand how her character is parallel to a witch.
Lady Macbeth is a woman of strong will and clever to understand her husband’s weakness and strength. “Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be what thou art promised” this proves that certainty that her husband shall rule Scotland. “Yet do I fear thy nature it is too full o’the milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way” this shows one of her characteristics of a witch. Lady Macbeth considers human behavior of kindness as a weakness and will prevent the homicide of the king which in her perspective is the nearest way. Shakespeare portrays her as quite abnormal and perhaps inhuman because of her use of normal human activity as a weakness. Furthermore, Witches have a characteristic of persuading their victim to the wrongdoing, which can be seen in Lady Macbeth. “That I may pour my sprits in thine ear “indicates Lady Macbeth’s ambitious and dominating nature and her uncertainty that Macbeth will commit the crime and she herself will persuade Macbeth to obtain the royal crown by assassinating the king “Look like the innocent flower, But be the serpent under’t” this also indicates the dominating power Lady Macbeth have despite being a women and her intelligence alike men. This is said to Macbeth by Lady Macbeth proving that she rules the relationship between them.This line means that he has to be pleasant on the outside and cruel on the inside. When Macbeth hesitates to commit the crime and…