Lady Macbeth, from William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, has many traits that make her who she is. Three characteristics I observed while I was analyzing her are that she is materialistic, prideful, and deceptive. She portrays these attributes clearly throughout various scenes of the play.At the beginning of the play we learn of three witches foretelling Macbeth’s future reign as king. After having been told this he sends a letter to his wife, Lady Macbeth, explaining what the witches have informed him. After reading this a messenger enters to inform her that Duncan will be visiting them that day. She then exclaims, The raven himself is hoarse that croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan under my battlements. Come, you spirits… fill me from the crown to the toe top-full of direst cruelty! make thick my blood; Stop up the access and passage to remorse. We learn here that Lady Macbeth’s plan is to kill Duncan, their current king, and asks the Spirits to help her be free of guilt after murdering him. This is a prime model of her being materialistic. She is willing to murder for the glory of being known as a queen, showing forth how much of an importance and priority she places on a title.The night the treacherous act of murdering Duncan is completed a panicked Macduff awakes everybody and yells out, Ring the alarum-bell. Murder and treason! When Lady Macbeth enters she responds, What’s the business, That such a hideous trumpet calls to parley The sleepers of the house? speak, speak! She is obviously aware of the reason these hideous trumpets are calling. Macduff tells Banquo the news, he explains to him sorrowfully by saying, O Banquo, Banquo, Our royal master ‘s murder’d! On top of all this Lady Macbeth replies by nonchalantly saying, Woe, alas! What, in our house? Through these statements she is revealing her cunning deception. “A feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from qualities… that are widely admired.” That is how pride is defined. Appearances are important, especially when trying to make a first impression to people that we consider significant . This could be to a teacher, an employer and sometimes even our friends and acquaintances. But, when appearances become a prime concern it can take over your true self. Some people put on appearances like costumes to seem like something they would like to be viewed as by others. Being focused on appearances is definitely a runoff of pride, a vain pride. In Act III scene IV we learn that a banquet is being held. Before this banquet Banquo is murdered on command from Macbeth. While the feast is beginning Macbeth sees Banquo’s ghost. He starts to panic and draws attention to himself. Lady Macbeth is in a way embarrassed by his actions. She then states to her guests and to the king, Sit, worthy friends: my lord is often thus, And hath been from his youth: pray you, keep seat; The fit is momentary; upon a thought He will again be well: if much you note him, You shall offend him and extend his passion: Feed, and regard him not. Are you a man? She is inventing this story to assure everybody that everything is well. She doesn’t want the others to see her like this with her husband, so she is trying to cover it up. Although we can’t hear her tone of voice by addressing Macbeth asking, Are you a man?, We can assume that she is vexed and is even taunting Macbeth. For her, it seems, appearances are everything. Lady Macbeth strives to focus too much on herself. She would, very literally, kill to get what she wants. Her self-centeredness and praise seeking pride have made her a queen of vanity.

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