Lady Macbeth was incredibly strong and ruthless. She is portrayed as masculine and unnatural. At the start of the play she is already plotting the murder of the character Duncan, and she is trying to get her husband on board with it. Everything was going fine for Lady Macbeth, her husband killed Duncan and became king she had everything she wanted however, as the play progresses Lady Macbeth loses power over Macbeth. This and her guilty conscience eventually leads to her demise.
Later in scene, Lady Macbeth states that if she had made such a promise as Macbeth did to her, she would “dash the brains out” of her own child as “it was smiling in her fail”. However Lady Macbeth makes it absolutely clear that if he is brave enough, it is impossible to fail. These quotes show how Lady Macbeth is controlling her husband and she proves herself be the most responsible of Duncan’s death. Some people may say that three witches are the most responsible of the death of Duncan. Macbeth never considered murdering king Duncan until he saw the prophecies of the witches.
She generated a living monster who cared only about himself and his power. Macbeth changed from a quiet, overall good man, into a vicious murderer. Lady Macbeth altered her aspiration from a fearless, careless women into someone who over analyzes and guilts herself. Lady Macbeth not only feels guilty for the king but for Macduff’s wife as well. She reflects back on the MacDuff family murder and feels great guilt because they displayed characteristics of truly good people.
One of the most dramatic marriages ever read about was Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s relationship caused many chaotic outcomes, but in the end it proved to be fatal. In the beginning of Macbeth, the readers are already aware of the fascinating relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth received a letter from her husband about the witches’ prophecies. He wrote, “This have I thought good to to deliver thee, my dearest partner of greatness.”( Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 5, Lines 9-10) Macbeth knows that his wife will be in love with the thought of being queen.
Lady Macbeth then verbally attacks her spouse, angrily calling him a coward. She is confident that the two of them will perfectly execute their plan of killing Duncan and then framing his two guards who will purposely be drunk. She manages to reassure Macbeth’s doubts for his mindset transforms from hesitancy at the beginning of the scene to dauntlessness. If Lady Macbeth had not pushed Macbeth commit the murder, Scotland would likely still be under the rule of the leader they thrive under. Macbeth would not have slowly transformed into a selfish, power-hungry “king” who kills to get what he wants.
Macbeth refers to another character; in fact, it is referring to the woman who is in the play all along-Lady Macbeth. How can that be? By manipulating and patronizing Macbeth, Lady Macbeth reaches the power she was lusting from the beginning of the play. Macbeth’s wife contemplates killing king Duncan herself and teases Macbeth regarding his masculinity. All of her thoughts, sayings and actions are affected by the nature of power until her death, as she bears the responsibility for the death of the king and the ruining of her husband, Macbeth.
At first Macbeth and Banquo were suspicious and didn’t believe the prophecies. Soon after, Macbeth was granted thane of Cawdor and that was when he began to think that maybe the witches were right. He then writes a letter to Lady Macbeth explaining all that has happened. Lady Macbeth then convinces Macbeth to kill Duncan, and from there they plan his and the death of many others.
On many occasions she rules her husband and dictates his actions. Although near the end of the play Lady Macbeth’s personality and strength begins to deteriorate. Later committing suicide after having many detailed memories and thoughts from the murder. Shakespeare not only shows how guilt can change a person’s personality but he also portrays untraditional gender roles. After the vision of the three witches, Lady Macbeth had persuaded Macbeth to go against fate and kill Duncan.
Lady Macbeth, Macbeth’s wife, for better or for worse had stuck by Macbeth. That being said she shares a much of the responsibility of Macbeth’s fall from grace. She pretty much is a catalyst to Macbeth’s actions, she pushed him to do things that he wouldn’t have. She pushes Macbeth to murder King Duncan by challenging Macbeth’s manhood; she also uses disturbing images of their unborn child to push Macbeth. “And dash'd the brains out” such a disturbing image that shakes Macbeth.
“Looks like the innocent flower but be the serpent under it”(Shakespeare 1.7) this truly defines Lady Macbeth and describes her being someone that acts one way in certain situations and then in a contrary manner in others and also shows her manipulative personality and exploits her victims. Lady Macbeth is sharp at convincing and uses people for her need which she does throughout the play. In the play, The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Lady Macbeth is ultimately responsible for Macbeth’s undoing because her ambition supported his greed and provoked his downfall. Lady Macbeth with her demanding and forceful comments triggered Macbeth 's weakness which leads Macbeth to agree on the murder. When King Duncan arrives at the castle Lady Macbeth is kind and welcoming but not knowing she was planning his murder.