Key Questions and Answers

Summary Key Questions and Answers

13) How does Lady Macbeth’s death affect Macbeth?

When Macbeth hears of Lady Macbeth’s death, he responds that she was eventually going to die anyway—“She should have died hereafter” (5.5.17)—just like everyone else. Macbeth then goes on to comment on the brevity of life: “Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player / That struts and frets his hour upon the stage” (5.5.24–25). Macbeth might be emotionally numb at this point in the play, beyond the point of sadness or even regret, especially for a wife who has helped bring him to ruin.