distortour functioning’1. Withconnection to Freud’s theories and looking at the evolution of her character, LadyMacbeth begins the play as a strong woman who is cunning and ruthless andschemes alongside her husband to make him king. This is evident in Act 1 Scene5 when he sees the letter about the prophecy and doubts her husband’sabilities, explaining to him the way a man should respond. In the 1971 filmadaptation of the play by RomanPolanski, Lady Macbeth says, “look like the innocent flower but be the serpentunderneath, leave all the rest to me”2.
Lady Macbeth initiates all the plans for the seizure of the throne and at thismoment is very strong, assertive and mentally stable for what she wants toachieve.However, you can identify psychologically thatmatters are becoming more intense and Lady Macbeth is unable to maintain hersanity. One reason may be her guilt over the murders that have taken place andher responsibility for them; for example, Lady Macbeth says ‘Help me hence,ho!’3when she hears the news about the murder and faints. These responses could beinterpreted as a projection of guilt which has distorted her functioning.
Another scene which speaks to the decline of Lady Macbeth’s stability is whileshe is sleepwalking and says “Here’s the smell of the blood still. All theperfumes of