112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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The Transformation of Lady Macbeth: Witchcraft and Kingship in Shakespeare’s Tragedy

Katharine Henry, California State University, Los Angeles

The significance of Lady Macbeth’s role in Macbeth, a significant expansion from the original Holinshed’s Chronicles, is larded with political purpose. In that role, her transformation from center stage decisive and bloodthirsty villain to shadowy sleepwalking madwoman underlines a consistent partnership with Macbeth in which she adapts as the stage necessitates into political ally, wife, queen, and witch to accommodate their shared goal of power.