As soon as she heard Macbeth’s prophecy, she was willing to do anything to get him into the position of king. She was even willing to aid in the murder of innocent people who stood in the way of Macbeth’s ascension to the crown like, King Duncan. Her greed led to Macbeth’s downfall. When Macbeth stated that he was questioning his intentions to kill the king, she pushed him and assisted in the plotting. “We will proceed no further in this business.
Lady Macbeth was clearly the more responsible for the murder of king Duncan but overall, Macbeth’s murderous reign has made the cold-blooded character the more evil character in the play. Lady Macbeth may have been more responsible for king Duncan’s death, but she had never expected Macbeth to kill countless of other people just to keep his throne. “I dare do all that may become a man; Who dares do more is none.” - Macbeth - Act 1 Scene 7 Line 47 to Line
As for Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, the miller’s tale and the wife of bath’s tale have interesting roles for women. The miller, in a drunken stupor, tells a tale of a love affair between a married woman and a younger man. The married woman, Alison, marries an older fellow and is then presented with the opportunity to cheat on him with a young scholar. Alison agrees and plays an awful trick on her husband so she and her new lover may be alone. The wife of bath is an incredible character in and of herself.
“Was the hope drunk wherein you dress’d yourself?” Shakespeare uses an interrogative quote to show Lady Macbeth’s ambition for power attention and greed because she wants to kill the king so she can be queen. Shakespeare here projects Lady Macbeth as a conniving lady who ridicules and challenges her
Shakespeare's tragedy, Macbeth, analyzes the tragic downfall of a man who pursued his prophecy given to him by three witches, and suffered the downfall because of it. Told his power was inevitable, Macbeth explores the idea of murdering the King to achieve his goal of becoming King himself. Macbeth continually faces this, contemplating the moral issue of committing murder to in turn, fulfill his powerful destiny. While facing this internal conflict, Lady Macbeth developes an influence over Macbeth as well. Driven by her own desire to be Queen, Lady Macbeth persuades Macbeth to commit the murder, by challenging his manhood and often reminding him that it is, in fact, his destiny.
Lady Macbeth says ‘When you durst do it, then you were a man; And to be more than what you were, you would Be so much more the man. This shows that lady Macbeth emotionally abused Macbeth, which lead Macbeth to see his wife as very manipulating and threatening. Therefore, she is the true murderer. Even though Macbeth took action and murdered the king, her manipulation of him made it such that she might as well have been holding the knife
In the time of tragedy, an individual’s personality can easily change; this can be extremely dangerous if someone loses their self awareness, as seen by Lady Macbeth’s break down and suicide. Lady Macbeth starts off in the play as a very passionate character. Once she learns about her husbands prophecy, she is filled with the ambition to kill the king. Macbeth is hesitant about killing the king but she won't stop until the deed is done. In the first Act she states, “Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of direst cruelty.
Macbeth is manipulated by other characters in the play by falling for their ‘mind games’. Shortly after Lady Macbeth received Macbeth’s note, she has an urge to kill Duncan. She results in playing mind games with Macbeth in order to persuade him to kill Duncan. Lady Macbeth first flatters him and calls him the “Thane of Cawdor” which excites Macbeth. When Macbeth becomes hesitant about killing Duncan, she questions his manhood: “What beast was’t then, that made you break this enterprise to me?
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.
As his wife, Lady Macbeth, urges him to kill king Duncan so he can become king, his urge for killing only grows and transforms him into a serial killer. There are many different aspects of this play that could have contributed to Macbeth’s tragic end, including characters. The three witches in the play could be to blame for this. They predicted his future which influenced him greatly. However, the main person to blame for Macbeth’s downfall is Lady Macbeth for three reasons: her insult on his manhood, her her manipulative tricks, and her influential qualities.