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embraces the darkness and welcomes it. By being so crude in her requests, she must believe that she is far too ‘valorous’ to be negatively affected by it. It is rather ironic to see the utter reversal of this at the end of the play. She eventually goes delirious, carrying a lit candle wherever she wa! lked. Indeed, this behavior is a pathetic attempt to try and fend off the true evil darkness with a man-made light. She looks to Lady Macduff with a countenance of that which would belong to a ghost. She begins to express a compassion that she had never felt when she utters, “The Thane of Fife had a wife. Where is she / now? What, will these hands ne’er be clean?” (352). Lady Macbeth’s decaying remorse she had chosen to restrain had sunken into her brain, like a sump,

slowly grabbing at her thoughts one by one. The darkness had stripped her of her ‘mask,’ and she is now engulfed in agony and sorrow. She is helpless. The thought of the evil, which she once sought after and accepted, was now an image of terror in her mind. Lady Macbeth’s character gradually disintegrates through a false portrayal of unyielding strength, an unsteady control of her husband and shifting involvement with supernatural powers. Lady Macbeth’s deterioration is not only a result of unwise decisions and actions; many factors played a role in this tragedy of this character’s morale: She regarded supernatural forces with such respect and confidence, she tried to get in touch with her own only to become overpowered by their evilness; her desire for an intimidating

personality resulted in the destruction of her morals and in the end, the brutal realization of her true weaknesses. The couple’s ambition, although obsessive, is a characteristic of human nature; her gift of harsh control over Macbeth resulted in a perilous journey for a common goal and the demise of not only herself but also her husband. Possibly as a result of these many factors, Lady Macbeth ends her life and Macbeth is forced to ponder his own ! existence as well. Macbeth’s general outlook of life proved to be a brief meditation on the meaningless of human actions: Life’s but a walking shadow; a poor player, That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no more: it is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing. (360) He

realizes everything he strove for in life was in vain; therefore his wife’s death seems more like an escape from their worthless life. Perhaps if Macbeth and his lady were happy with who they were, they would not have let power, ambition, authority, and supernatural forces hinder their chances at happiness. Shakespeare, William. “Macbeth” Evanston, Illinois: McDougal, Littell & Company, 1992