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Character & Motivation

Lady Macbeth headshot

Lady Macbeth


My Motto(s)
  • I feel now / The future in the instant (1.5.57-8)
Also Called
  • My dearest partner of greatness (1.5.11)
  • Fair and noble hostess (1.6.24)
  • O gentle lady (2.3.82)
  • fiend- like Queen (5.9.35)
  • Queen (5.9.35)
My Quotes:

Come, you Spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full Of direst cruelty! (1.5.40-3)

Nought’s had, all’s spent Where our desire is got without content (3.2.4-5)

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Lady Macbeth is very faithful to her husband and shares in his ambitions. It is she who suggests to Macbeth that they should kill Duncan in order to make the witches’ prophecy come true. She seems to be stronger willed than Macbeth, helping him to recover from his fear after he kills Duncan. Masking herself as a good hostess, she hides her ambition and intentions from their guests. As Macbeth grows more and more used to being a tyrant following Duncan's murder, in contrast Lady Macbeth suffers more and more from guilt. She goes mad and finally kills herself.

O wall, O sweet, O lovely wall

  1. fiend- like Queen,
    Who, as ‘tis thought, by self and violent hands
    Took off her life (5.9.35-7)

  2. She should have died hereafter:
    There would have been a time for such a word. (5.5.17-8)

  3. Here’s the smell of the blood still: all the
    perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. (5.1.47-8)

  4. It will have blood, they say: blood will have blood:
    Stones have been known to move, and trees to speak;
    Augures, and understood relations, have
    By maggot-pies, and choughs, and rooks, brought
    The secret’st man of blood.- What is the night? (3.4.121-5)

  5. Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck,
    Till thou applaud the deed. (3.2.45-6)

  6. O! Full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife! (3.2.36)

  7. O gentle lady,
    ‘Tis not for you to hear what I can speak:
    The repetition, in a woman’s ear,
    Would murther as it fell. (2.3.82-4)

  8. Bring forth men-children only!
    For thy undaunted mettle should compose
    Nothing but males. (1.7.73-5)

  9. Pr’ythee, peace.
    I dare do all that may become a man;
    Who dares do more, is none. (1.7.45)

  10. Fair and noble hostess,
    We are your guest to-night. (1.6.24-5)

  11. These weird sisters saluted me,
    and referr’d me on to the coming on of time, with “Hail,
    King that shalt be!” This have I thought good to
    deliver thee (my dearest partner of greatness) that
    thou might’st not lose the dues of rejoicing, by being
    ignorant of what greatness is promis’d thee. (1.5.8-12)