When Gruadh is a young girl she is almost kidnapped by men representing Crinan. One of the men who grabs her and carries her off is wearing a jet and bronze brooch. She pulls it from his cloak and stabs him in the cheek with it, which startles him and causes him to let her go. Gruadh holds on to this brooch for the rest of her life. Although she never wears it, it reminds her “to stay strong and wary.” In a world where women are encouraged to be meek, gentle, and subservient, the brooch is a symbol of Gruadh’s fighting spirit, and the great lengths to which she will go to protect herself and her family, even if it means enacting violence on others.
The timeline below shows where the symbol The Brooch appears in Lady Macbeth. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.