(Shakespeare i, vii). Macbeth is having second thought about killing King Duncan, however Lady Macbeth refused to allow him to pass up the opportunity to become king. She asked these rhetorical questions in order to make him feel ashamed of himself for not acting on his desires. Lady Macbeth's main intentions are to make the situation sount elegant so Macbeth feels comfortable killing him. She tries to reason logically with him, pointing out that he wanted to kill the king, but now when he has the opportunity too, he suddenly doesn't want to.
There are only a few ways that this can happen. Lady Macbeth wants to pursue the means of the death of King Duncan. Macbeth has already shown his respect to King Duncan earlier in the play so that makes it harder for him commit the murder. Lady Macbeth starts to intervene in the situation and proclaims to Macbeth, “what cannot you and I perform upon the unguarded Duncan? What not upon his spongy officers, who shall bear the guilt of our great quell?” (1.7.69-72).
The only way for Lady Macbeth fulfill her ambitions is by influencing Macbeth to murder King Duncan and take his throne away. Lady Macbeth manipulates Macbeth persuasively throughout their conversation: “When you durst do it, then you were a man; / And to be more than what you were, you would / Be so much more than man” (1.7, 50-52). Macbeth shows weakness and cowardly on trying to murder King Duncan. It proves how Lady Macbeth tries to corrupt him by doubting his manhood. It shows how badly Lady Macbeth is trying to persuade him to turn his loyalty away from Kind Duncan.
Towards the end of the play, Lady Macbeth expresses her humanity unlike when she wished for a more “manly” husband. Due to Macbeth increasing acts of violence, he becomes less guilty, and more power absorbed. Lady Macbeth is less involved in Macbeth’s plans, and becomes more worried and innocent to Macbeth. Macbeth continues to kill, but starts to kill innocent people who did not pose as a threat to him and his power. A messenger visits the Macduffs and warns them saying, “I doubt some danger does approach you nearly” (4.2.73).
She says this because she can then make herself a cruel person and murder Duncan. She wants to kill Duncan without regret. Lady Macbeth drives the action by wanting to murder Duncan, this well then secure Macbeth as king and make herself queen. After Lady Macbeths famous “unsex me here”, she then judges Macbeth’s manhood for not
In Act 2 of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Lady Macbeth can be characterized as determined, by using any method to kill Duncan - even if it’s in his sleep, and also by doing whatever she has to do to cover up the very bloody evidence of the murder. Lady Macbeth shows she is determined to kill Duncan, even if it means murdering him while he is sleeping, which to her is cowardly. After Duncan goes to sleep, Lady Macbeth proceeds to start making plans on how to kill him, saying, “Alack, I am afraid they have not awakened, and tis not done. Th’ attempt and not the deed confounds us. Hark!-I laid their daggers ready; He could not miss em.
At the beginning of the play Lady Macbeth tries to control Macbeth and tell him what to do. As time goes on, Lady Macbeth becomes less ambitious and she begins to feel guilt for the murder of Duncan. Lady Macbeth and her husband switch roles to where he is now the strong ambitious murderer, while Lady Macbeth becomes scared and guilty. Since Lady Macbeth is driven by her ambition her decision to have Duncan killed creates guilt by the end of the play.
Throughout Shakespeare play Macbeth, Lady Macbeth was regarded as ruthless, cruel and manipulative, although it was suggested there was more to her character. Lady Macbeth is not as evil as she was portrayed to be. Lady Macbeth had a strong relationship with her husband, they trusted each other and were loyal to one another. Through her words and actions she showed humanity that others didn’t expect from her. A wicked person wouldn’t feel the slightest guilt for something wrong they have done, yet Lady Macbeth felt culpability that lead her to her downfall.
From murder to greed Shakespeare’s Macbeth portrays a story of how one’s flaws can transform into a person’s way of thinking and acting. Throughout the play, Lady Macbeth changes from a cold-hearted, greedy, shell of a human body into a guilt ridden woman. Her selfish desires met with ambition and a want for power pushed her into driving Macbeth to kill Duncan. Both Lady Macbeth and Macbeth become very guilty because of the crime they have committed. Although Macbeth actively kills the King, Lady Macbeth was more guilty of Duncan’s murder than Macbeth.
Throughout the story Lady Macbeth influences her husband and convinces him to commit treachery. These include killing the King of Scotland and Banquo. As Macbeth carries out these malicious deeds, he descends into a state of madness. He envisions ghosts and daggers. The guilt that resides in Macbeth develops throughout the story.