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Throughout Shakespeares Macbeth Lady Macbeth is consistently depicted as one of Shakespeares most evil and frightening female characters however she is only evil to the extent of lacking the judgement of her behaviour Pure Evil can be defined as having only inhumane qualities or constantly being morally depraved Two of Lady Macbeths main qualities expressed are ambition and guilt These qualities are perfectly humane however it is her choices of how to achieve this ambition through manipulation and cruelty that gives her some evil qualities Ambition is one of the qualities expressed by Lady Macbeth when she is first introduced in the play Ambition is a part of human nature and being ambitious can be defined as being eager for success After Lady Macbeth reads the letter from Macbeth she was ambitious for Macbeth her husband to become everything that he can be while she was also aware of the illness that should attend ambition Glamis thou art and Cawdor and shalt be What thou art promised yet I do fear thy nature It is too full othmilk of human kindness Hie thee hither That I may pour my spirits in thine ear And chastise with the valour of my tongue This can appear as ruthless and evil yet it also shows Lady Macbeths loyalty and love for Macbeth Just as Macbeth is ambitious for the throne Lady Macbeth is driven to assist him and for this reason Lady Macbeth cannot be considered pure evil One of the ways Lady Macbeth chooses to achieve her ambition is through manipulation Lady Macbeth herself is the driving force behind Macbeths actions She manipulates Macbeth with remarkable effectiveness and overrode all the objections of his conscience She uses blackmail and repeatedly questions his manhood until he feels that he must commit the murder of Duncan to prove himself From this time Such I account thy love Art thou afeard To be the same in thine own
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