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ERIC Number: EJ1080666
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2222-1735
"Unnatural Deeds Do Breed Unnatural Troubles": A Study of Lady Macbeth's Cruelty
Rahman, Muhammad Safiur; Tajuddin, Mohammad
Journal of Education and Practice, v6 n12 p128-139 2015
The study of evil is one of the recurrent themes in the plays of Shakespeare. In "Macbeth," the playwright presents different dimensions of evil. The aim of this paper is to locate and examine the origin of evil in Lady Macbeth--whether evil is in her nature or not. Macbeth addresses her as "dearest partner of greatness", whereas Macduff describes her as "fiend-like queen". The paper analyses her activities as an attempt to determine whether she is as evil as it is generally thought of, or there is a gap between what she expresses and what she represses. Examining from the point of view of psychoanalytical criticism, we see that the evil, especially the cruelty, she demonstrates is not her natural characteristic trait; rather she assumes it. Actually, she says and does some evil things which are quite incompatible to her original nature. What she does, at any rate, is crime, but not the crime of a "criminal by nature"; rather it is the foolish fondness of a loving and devoted wife who sacrifices everything for the sake of her husband so that he can achieve his much desired goal. The paper holds the final view that Lady Macbeth is a victim of illusion-illusion created by her excessive love and devotion for her husband.
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Language: English
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