She emasculates Macbeth and challenges his bravery, which to him is the essence of a being a man, "coward." Compelling her husband by giving him an ultimatium, be a coward or kill the king. Macbeth succumbs to evil and in doing so, betrays his King. God 's divine order is disturbed as Macbeth challenges God by killing the God appointed King and assuming the role for himself in his quest for power. Later on in the play, Macbeth asserts his right over Lady Macbeth, flipping their dynamic, and distances himself from her,"be innocent of the knowlded dearest chuck."
William Shakespeare’s tragic play Macbeth illustrates the consequences of political ambitions and power that succumbed Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. After Macbeth believed the prophecy from the three witches that he would be king, it led him down a tyrannical and hubristic path of destruction that led to his downfall. However considering his choices, Lady Macbeth comprised a plan to ensure Macbeth crown, which involves the murder of King Duncan. Therefore, despite the fact, Macbeth physically killed King Duncan, Lady Macbeth ultimately is the reason for his death due to her manipulation and is more responsible than Macbeth for King Duncan’s murder. Lady Macbeth manipulation begins when reassures Macbeth to execute the murder by questioning his manhood.
Macbeth begins to feel guilty for even imagining the murder of King Duncan when he says “heat of deeds”. Here, Macbeth’s insecurity and lacking of self-confidence display his traits of negative femininity. In fact, his feminine side gets him so emotionally fraught that he has to run off to Lady Macbeth because he is unable to finish off the plan on his own. He fully depends on Lady Macbeth for giving him confidence and telling him what to do. He lacks self-confidence because he knows
She must remain strong and ruthless for both of their sakes. This passage shows the mentality of Lady Macbeth, she does not want to be found guilty ruining her chance of power. Macbeth is anxious and fearful, which is considered to be “unmanly”. Lady Macbeth is assertive and governing while Macbeth is first shown as submissive unless commanded by
Lady Macbeth asks to not be a female in order to obtain cruelty. This is a metaphorical statement as she does not wish to stop being female, but wishes to trade her female attributes of mercy and strong morals in exchange for cruelty in order to murder King Duncan. The alliteration present in “to the toe top” highlights Lady Macbeth’s aspiration for complete ruthlessness. The act of murder requires every space of her body to emit brutality. Lady Macbeth’s saying of, “Make thick my blood” is a non-literal as well.
Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth as a power hungry and vindictive women, whose character is against the stereotypes of a Jacobean woman. Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth as a deceptive woman, who uses the fact that she is a woman as a weapon. ‘Why, worthy thane, you do unbend your noble strength to think.’ Lady Macbeth is talking to Macbeth. She begins by praising him, ‘worthy’, however ends the speech with orders and telling Macbeth that he did things wrong, she also insults him ‘infirm of purpose’. Macbeth would be proud of himself because Lady Macbeth is his wife and her opinion means a lot to him.
Early on in the play Lady Macbeth was characterized as a ruthless person, but later on in the play the audience softens up on her because she reveals her weak side. Lady Macbeth was a ruthless person, and no one expected it because even today in society women are not associated with evil characteristics, she demonstrates this when she continuously insults her husband. For example, when Macbeth changes his mind about killing Duncan, Lady Macbeth scolds him, and insults his masculinity and persuades him by saying that he owes it to her to kill Duncan. She uses this tactic of persuasion, by targeting Macbeths insecurities; this is very ruthless because Lady Macbeth shows becoming royalty over her husband’s dignity. With this in mind, usually relationships
Lady Macbeth plans to invite king Duncan over for dinner, but really she is convincing Macbeth to murder him. She influences him to kill Duncan because he is the only one standing in the way of Macbeth becoming king. Lady Macbeth plans the killing but convinces Macbeth to do the dirty deed. Lastly, Lady Macbeth is one of the causes of Macbeth’s failure because she repeatedly questions Macbeth’s manhood until she persuades him to make a bad choice. “When you durst do it then you were a man” (1.7.53-58).
Lady Macbeth, after much investigating is truly an evil character, as well as manipulative. Lady Macbeth is truly an evil character. In the beginning of the play, it tells how much Macbeth is a fierce warrior, but coming home the witches came. As soon as Lady Macbeth heard about the prophecy, she becomes the fierce warrior and Macbeth bends to her every whim. Lady Macbeth is always making Macbeth feel awful, (Act 3, scene V, line 58) “Are you a man?”.
Shakespeare’s Macbeth exhibits the intriguing themes and concepts of violence and power. The play is based around the central character Macbeths and his miscalculation whilst attempting to gain power and to be king of Scotland. The theme of violence permeates the play and all the characters use violence to their own gains. The obsession of power can lead to the downfall of many characters. Though these themes, the characters of Macbeth are driven to the point of destruction.