But on the other hand, Lady Macbeth is presented negatively and ends up killing herself after experiencing what appears to be a crisis of conscience. As a woman in Shakespeare's world, she is not resilient enough to deal with such strong emotions, whereas Macbeth fights on to the very end despite his misgivings.
Lady Macbeth’s sense of remorse soon overwhelms her. Gentlewoman: It is an accustom'd action with her, to seem thuswashing her hands. I will set down what comes from her, tosatisfy my remembrance the more strongly.
Lady Macbeth could also be seen as naive with her belief that she can control the spirits.
After all, it is her naivety which is her fatal flaw, a key idea which the main characters in traditional tragedies will suffer from, that leads to her eventual suicide in Act 5.
He may have wanted to attack the stereotypes that many held dear to them by presenting the opposite side of women, who were seen as men’s possessions and feeble by many at the time of writing the play.
Alternatively, Shakespeare may have created the powerful character of Lady Macbeth to pay tribute to Elizabeth the 1, a great supporter of Shakespeare’s work who died a few years before the play was written.
Masculinity is defined in the play by ambition and power, two qualities that Lady Macbeth possesses in abundance. — Yet who would have thought the old man tohave had so much blood in him?
By constructing the character in this way, Shakespeare challenges our preconceived views of masculinity and femininity. On one hand, it was a radical idea to present a dominant female character. Lady Macbeth is, therefore, a victim of her own ambition — and also possibly of her sex.
How easy it is.” which not only shows her complete disrespect to the divine right of kings, another key idea in Jacobean society, but it also provides further evidence for her naivety.
She believes that only “A little water” will be able to free Macbeth from the guilt of his regicide.