?Sacrificing as she reads the letter Macbeth sent

?Sacrificing something can have a very positive outcome, as long as it is done for the right reasons. It can make someone’s day, or even change their life for the better. However, when done for selfish and inconsiderate reasons, it can be extremely detrimental. Throughout the entirety of Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth changes from a strong, dominating woman, to a shadow of her former self, as she sacrifices herself and her husband in order to fulfill her wants. When the audience first meets her, she is powerful and strong. She sacrifices herself to evil spirits, in order to convince Macbeth to kill King Duncan. Furthermore, she sacrifices her relationship with Macbeth, by manipulating and insulting him. This causes him to become more ruthless than her, and exclude her from his malicious plans. In addition, Lady Macbeth sacrifices her happiness, as well as Macbeth’s, as they becomeunhappy and guilty after the murder takes place. Lastly, she sacrifices her mental health, by concealing her feelings, which causes her to sleepwalk and hallucinate.?When Lady Macbeth is first introduced in the play, she is perceived as strong and controlling. As soon as she reads the letter Macbeth sent her explaining about the witches’ prophecies, she realizes that Macbeth “is too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness” (I, v, 17).  She believes that he is to kind and innocent, and will not willingly cause any harm to King Duncan. This does not fit her plans of becoming royalty, so she calls on evil spirits to help her with the task of killing King Duncan. She says, “Come, you spirits / That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, / And fill me from the crown to the toe top – full / Of direst cruelty. Make thick my blood” (I, v, 47-50). She is trying to prepare herself for the murder of King Duncan, by getting help from these spirits. This shows that she is willing to do anything, including sacrificing herself to evil beings, to help Macbeth become king. Lady Macbeth is even willing to get rid of her feminine qualities, and become more manly, to get the job done. She does not care how evil or ruthless she needs to become, as long as she becomes Queen of Scotland. ?Furthermore, Lady Macbeth becomes Macbeth’s driving force, by manipulating him into murdering King Duncan. Shesacrifices her relationship with Macbeth in order to get what she wants by lying to him, and constantly insulting him and his manhood. Lady Macbeth is very deceptive, telling Macbeth that it was his idea to Murder King Duncan in the first place: “What beast was ‘t then / That made you break this enterprise to me?” (I, vii, 56-58). She then continues to question his masculinity:”When you durst do it, then you were a man;/And be more than you what you were, you would / Be so much more the man…” (I, vii, 56-58). The degrading things she says ultimately causes Macbeth to go through with the murder, as he originally did not want to. This demonstrates how deceptive and manipulating Lady Math can be when she really wants something. She does not care if Macbeth is hurt by what she says, as long as he goes through with her plan. This eventually backfires, as she pushes him too far, to the point where he surpasses her, and becomesmore ruthless and powerful. Macbeth states, “Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck, / Till thou applaud the deed…” (III, ii, 51-52). He does not include Lady Macbeth in his sinister schemes anymore, such as the murder of Banquo, as she is no longer the dominating force in their relationship. This gives her plenty of time to think about the murder of King Duncan, and contemplate her feelings after the deed is done.?In addition, in The Tragedy of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth sacrifices her happiness. She is unhappy with the outcome of the murder, and believes that it is better to be dead, than alive with guilt and anxiety. She says to herself, “Naught’s had, all’s spent,/ Where our desire is got without content. / ‘Tis safer to be that which we destroy/Than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy” (III, ii, 6-9). Lady Macbeth ultimately deceives herself, as she thought that becoming queen would provide her with happiness. Now that she is queen, she finds out that this is not the case. She did not realize that murdering King Duncan would provide her with more suffering and guilt than enjoyment. Lady Macbeth was very quick in deciding that she wanted to kill the king, and did not think about the consequences that would follow. In addition, she realizes that Macbeth feels this way too. Shesacrifices his happiness as well, as he is guilt-ridden and emotionally destroyed by the crime he committed. Lady Macbeth has seen the ways the murder has affected her husband, as he hears voices after he murders King Duncan. Earlier in the play Macbeth says, ‘”There’s one did laugh in ‘s sleep, and one cried / “Murder”‘( II, ii, 30-31). Overall, Lady Macbeth is unhappy as she does not feel satisfied, and she knows that the murder had detrimental effects on Macbeth.?Finally, Lady Macbeth sacrifices her well-being and mental health, as she bottles up her emotions. She does not want to share her guilt and regret with anyone, and decides to focus on comforting Macbeth.  After stating her unhappiness, she conceals her inner feelings and comforts Macbeth as he enters, instead of telling him the truth. She says, “Using those thoughts which should indeed have died / With them they think on? Things without all remedy / Should be without regard. What’s done is done” (III, ii, 12-14). Keeping emotions bottled up, is not good for someone’s mental health, as it causes depression and anxiety further down the road. This is very evident in The Tragedy of Macbeth, as it causes a detrimental downfall in Lady Macbeth’s life. She begins to sleepwalk and hallucinate, due to the guilt and anxiety has had built up inside of her during the course of the play. She recalls events from the past, such as the murder or King Duncan, and the murder of Lady Macduff. In addition, she speaks in short choppy sentences, that are not in chronological order. For example, Lady Macbeth states, “Out, dammed spot, out I say! One. Two. / Why then, ’tis time to do ‘t. Hell is murky. Fie, my / lord, fie, a soldier and afeard…” (V, i, 37-39). Lady Macbeth also hallucinates by seeing blood on her hands, and is constantly trying to clean it off. This demonstrates that she has gone crazy, and can no longer function due to all of her guilt. As Lady Macbeth sleepwalks, she contradicts what she has previously said. For example, earlier in the play she says, “What’s done is done” (III, ii, 14). While hallucinating, she says, “What’s done cannot be undone” (V, ii, 71). She is revealing her actual thoughts about the murder, and not the things she said to comfort Macbeth. This demonstrates that she has felt guilty since the Murder of Duncan, but succeeded in hiding her true feelings.?The selfish sacrifices that Lady Macbeth makes throughout Shakespeare’s play The Tragedy of Macbeth, cause her to change from strong and powerful woman to a much weaker and unstable version of herself. By sacrificing herself to evil spirits, losing her strong relationship with Macbeth, becoming unhappy and bottling up her emotions, Lady Macbeth slowly ruins her life. At the end of the play, she takes her own life because every sacrifice she makes, pushes her to lose her mind. She was guiltridden and could not cope with it any longer, which is what caused her death. Overall, Lady Macbeth slowly deteriorates due to her own sacrifices. Sacrifices can have a negative impact on someone’s life if they are used for the wrong intentions, such as Lady Macbeth’s. They need to be thought out carefully and planned properly if they are going to affect someone in a positive way. Sacrifices that come from a selfish mind, will always end up causing more harm than good. ?