Examples Of Innocence In Lady Macbeth

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Throughout the tragedy of Macbeth, women are seen as innocent people that live under their spouse’s name. Later on in this tragedy, many women are no longer seen as innocent. In particular, Lady Macbeth is very good at using her innocence to get what she wants. This makes her still seem innocent, meanwhile she is just getting what she wants. She does this by manipulating Macbeth’s mind and making him think that what she wants is the proper action to take. In addition, the Weïrd Sisters, also known as the Three Witches, and Lady Macduff display signs of them having innocence, but at the same time, they don’t have any. As can be seen, innocence within women is seen on the outside, but a cunning mind inside. In the play of Macbeth, Macbeth uses her innocence to manipulate Macbeth into doing what…show more content…
Just as Macbeth received the news from the witches that he would become king, Lady Macbeth was already planning for Macbeth to somehow take over the kingdom. In order for this to happen, it would take some precise planning, and some use of her innocence. Lady Macbeth was telling Macbeth to “Look like th’ innocent flower, But be the serpent under ‘t” (1.6.76-78). When Lady Macbeth was telling Macbeth to be the serpent under the flower, she was expecting him to be able to think like her. In fact, if you analyze what Lady Macbeth was trying to express with the flower and serpent, one may interpret that she was describing herself, and just thinking it was how problems were to be solved. Lady Macbeth and her innocence are exactly like the flower and the serpent; for the reason that the flower is the way people see her, and the serpent is the nefarious thinking inside. In the same way, after the killing of Duncan, Macbeth goes back to Lady Macbeth and claims that he wasn’t able to say any prayers. This was because he thought he heard people saying that no one would sleep anymore because he had killed the king for his own self-indulgence. Lady Macbeth

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