Ex: After reading the letter from Macbeth, she quickly thought of a fowl
deed; to kill Duncan. She did not rethink her plan or asked Macbeth if it was a good plan.
She followed through a plan that was not thoroughly thought of
Quote: "Hie thee hither, that I may pour my spirits in thine ear, and chastise with the
valour of my tongue all that impedes thee from the golden round which fate and
metaphysical aid doth seem to have thee crowned withal." - Lady Macbeth (1.5.24-29)
Ex: Lady Macbeth killed herself thinking that it was the only option. She did not
think about how Macbeth would miss him. The lords might have forgiven her if
she told the truth and she would be pardoned from death.
Quote: "The Queen, my lord,is dead."
- Seyton (5.5.18)
Ex: It was rash of her to tell Macbeth to kill Duncan. There was no hesitation in telling him
and led to unfortunate events, even for her.
Quote: " To alter favour ever
is to fear. Leave the rest to
me." - Lady Macbeth (1.5.80-80)
Ex: Lady Macbeth was the woman behind the plan of Macbeth
becoming king. She thought of a way to make him king and
herself queen without being caught. Her intelligence brought her
to a plan in which she persuaded Macbeth to do the dirty work.
Quote: "Hie thee hither, that I may pour my spirits in thine ear, and
chastise with the valour of my tongue all that impedes thee from the
golden round which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem to have thee
crowned withal." - Lady Macbeth(1.5.24-29)
Ex: During the banquet between the lords and noblemen of Scotland, Macbeth saw Banquo's ghost. His guests
were curious about the things he was saying and started to ask questions. Luckily, Lady Macbeth was smart
enough to think of a way to prevent the questions from being answered because the questions might have led
to Macbeth revealing their murderous acts. She told them that Macbeth was just sick and they shouldn't ask
him questions because they might make him worse.
Quote: "I pray you, speak not. He grows worse and worse. Questions enrages him.
At once, good night. Stand not upon the order of young going, but go at
hence." - Lady Macbeth(3.4.139-142)
Ex: Lady Macbeth acknowledged that Macbeth had the dagger which was
evidence that Macbeth killed Duncan. She was focused and smart and
therefore she knew that she had to dispose of the dagger and plant it on
the guards. This shows that she was cunning.
Quote: "Infirm of purpose! Give me
the daggers." - Lady Macbeth (2.2.63-64)
Ex: Lady Macbeth had such great remorse
that it caused her to be mentally ill. When
she could not take it anymore she
committed suicide. The remorse inside her
was too great and took over her life
Quote: "The Queen, my lord,is dead."
- Seyton (5.5.18)
Ex: Lady Macbeth felt that she would be
happier dead, than to live knowing that she was
part of a murder. The murder of Duncan did not
bring her joy. She questions the actions she has done.
Quote: "Nought's had, all's spent, where our desire is got
without content. 'Tis safer to be that which we destroy than by
destruction dwell in doubtful joy." - Lady Macbeth(3.2.6-9)
Ex: Lady Macbeth was haunted by her actions that led to the murderous acts of Macbeth. She
had these nightmares because deep inside of her she was feeling remorse. The feeling of being
part of murderous acts was too much for to keep inside and came out as sleep talk.
Quote: "What, will these hands ever
be clean? No more of that, my lord, no
more of that. You mar all this
starting." - Lady Macbeth (5.1.35-38)
Ex: Lady Macbeth ordered Macbeth to kill Duncan and
didn't even ask for his opinions. She was in control of
Macbeth and did not take no for an answer; she had
control over the murderous acts of Macbeth.
Quote: " To alter favour ever is to
fear. Leave the rest to me."
-Lady Macbeth (1.5.80-80)
Ex: Since Macbeth did not plant the evidence on the
guards, Lady Macbeth does it herself. Again we see Lady
Macbeth show that she is the dominant one and she will do
as she pleases to go through with the plan.
Quote: " Infirm of purpose! Give me the
daggers." - Lady Macbeth (2.2.63-64)
Ex: When Macbeth returned from killing Duncan,
Lady Macbeth told Macbeth to wash his hands
because she was afraid someone might see his
bloody hands. This shows that Lady Macbeth was
the caretaker of Macbeth and showed that she was
the boss and Macbeth would have done whatever
she wanted him to.
Quote: "So Brainsickly of things. Go get
some water and wash this filthy witness
from your hand." - Lady Macbeth (2.2.55-56)
Ex: Deception was key in Lady Macbeth's plan to
become queen. She manipulated Duncan into
thinking she was lovely and a great hostess to
make him easier to kill.
Quote: " See, see our honoured hostess! The love that follows
us sometime is our trouble, which still we thank as love.
Herein I teach you how you shall bid God yield us for your
pains, and thank us for your trouble." - Duncan (1.6.12-16)
Ex: When the trumpets were played to signify Duncan's
death Lady Macbeth acted as if she did not know. She
manipulated the whole croud into thinking that she is
Quote: " Woe, alas! What, in our
house?" - Lady Macbeth (2.3.91-92)
Ex: She filled Macbeth with confidence through
telling him the outcome of killing Duncan and
the prophecies the witches have mentioned.
This allowed her to manipulate him to commit
Quote: As though art in desire? wouldst thou have that which thou esteemest the ornament
of lie and live a coward in thine own esteem, letting "I dare not" wait upon "I would" like the
poor cat in the adage?" - Lady Macbeth (1.7.44-48)