stand in his way. In comparison to her husband lady Macbeth’s mind is sharpened and is diligent in covering up her husbands tracks. After Duncan is killed she tells her husband to wash his hands, “ A little water clears us of this deed”. As the play progresses, Lady Macbeth sees the man Duncan had become and she realizes she created a monster. The more people her husband kills the more blood she has on her hands. In the end of the play she is driven mad by the thought that she is the cause for both her and her husbands suffering and constant paranoia. In act 5 scene 1 she says, “Here’s the smell of the blood still. All the perfumes/ of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.” She feels the weight of all the deaths on her shoulder and sees all the blood of her husband’s victims on her hands. Lady Macbeth’s descent from sanity is significant to the meaning of the play. Her strong will is diminished as guilt plagues her, which is goes with the theme of the play. When ambition and greed exceeds moral, guilt and madness begins. Both Macbeth and lady Macbeth were consumed by ambition, which lead them to murder and eventually the deterioration of their minds.
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