Throughout the play Macbeth, Shakespeare portrays Lady Macbeth’s ambition as so dire she asks other forces of nature to “unsex me here,”. While Macbeth is consumed by his morals as to whether he should kill King Duncan, Lady Macbeth’s dire ambition to have a better life for herself and become Queen has become so powerful she wants all her feminine qualities to be taken away from her. During the time period, Shakespeare produced the tragedy Macbeth, the idea of Lady Macbeth wanting her feminine qualities taken away was an unprecedented idea to be said aloud yet alone in front of a large audience. He used both the characters and language features such as metaphors to show this insight into Shakespeare’s thoughts. This is shown in the metaphor “…fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full Of direst cruelty!” which shows that Shakespeare was in a way breaking the typical sexist beliefs of the time; while presenting and portraying these thoughts to an often intransigent audience and still managing to keep it popular with the crowd. Shakespeare was proving that women can be just as powerful if not more than men and that they have valid ambitions too, no matter how dire. However, as a Lady Macbeth learns everything comes with consequences equally dire to the amount of desire and ambition that was put into the act.
18th May 2017 — Tyler