Lady Macbeth has high ambition for her spouse. She comprehends that Macbeth has a desire for the throne. Be that as it may, she expects that her spouse would experience difficulty when endeavoring to murder Duncan and want the throne on the grounds that she sees Macbeth as "full o' the milk of human kindness". Since Lady Macbeth realizes that her spouse would never have the capacity to perform such an errand, she chooses to control the of the killing of Duncan. She requests that "direst brutality" debase her.
Lady Macbeth is very passionate that the king must die in order for Macbeth to become the King, but she is worried that he will be to “soft” to do such a thing. “ Yet I do fear thy nature, it is too full o’ th milk” ( 1.5.16). Throughout her soliloquy, she fears that his sympathy will be his downfall and will prevent him from going along with her plan. She is confident that the only way for her plan to work, is to take action right away and,”play false” (1.5.22). Macbeth won’t do anything that will harm his friend, the King, and Lady Macbeth knows that so she knows what to do, she will make sure that he will go through with the regicide.
Lady Macbeth is power hungry for the throne and she will do anything to achieve her goal. Her pleasure of having the thought of killing Duncan is revealed. These murderous thoughts that run through her mind shows how desperate she is to acquire power. Although it is the beginning of the play, her dark ambitions sets a dark tone for her character in the play. This coincidentally adds to the assurance of Macbeth’s prophecy which is that Macbeth will become king, but King Duncan is still alive.
When Macbeth displays uncertainty regarding the murder of Duncan, Lady Macbeth uses his fear of not adhering to the masculine gender role of being cold-hearted and ambitious and only “when [Macbeth] durst do it, then [he was] a man”. (1.7.56) Upon first glance, it would seem as though Lady Macbeth is strong and powerful. However, Shakespeare uses the downfall of both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to display that women in power are dangerous and corrupt. Due to Lady Macbeth’s coercion into the murder of Duncan, she allows and essentially encourages Macbeth to ravage all of Scotland. Lady Macbeth descends into insanity caused by lack of sleep and guilt.
Wouldst thou have that/ And live as a coward in their own esteem/ letting “I dare not” wait upon “I would” (I.VII.38-44). From this point, Macbeth has two of his three prophecies true and Lady Macbeth encourages him to strive for his last prophecy which is to become the king. When Macbeth is hesitating about committing evil crimes and fulfilling his prophecies. Lady Macbeth always acts as an advisor and questions him about his desires and persuade him to fulfill the prophecies to achieve his desires. She also challenges his love toward her if he is not following her opinions in which is to kill Duncan and take over his power.
Lady Macbeth is extremely ambitious in terms of gaining power and advantages for her own life. Lady Macbeth becomes more ambitious when she sees the opportunity to take King Duncan’s throne away. She reads a letter about the three prophecies that are given to Macbeth. As Lady Macbeth reads the letter from Macbeth, she realizes that Macbeth has the potential to be more than he is and he can be the source to bring the opportunity to her fulfill her ambitions. She prays for the spirits to exchange her feminine qualities for masculine qualities when she says, “That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here / and fill me with the crown to the toe top-full / Of direst cruelty” (1.5, 41-43).
In William Shakespeare's play, Macbeth, Lady Macbeth plays the wife of Macbeth. Lady Macbeth is much more ruthless and ambitious than her husband. Lady Macbeth possess great manipulation skills as she persuades her husband Macbeth into killing their king(Act i.VII). She challenges the role of women during the Shakespearean time. Her strong desire to have power and Macbeth king becomes strongly evident throughout the play.
In the text it quotes that “Lady Macbeth has a desire for power into desire for love and freedom outside of her marriage and the confines of her father -in-law’s household, and she is willing to kill for it” (Thomas 83). She feels that taking the life of a man at that will give her the right confidence to take over in the relationship. She was eager to get the job done pressuring Macbeth throughout Act I and II. she has a real desire for power. She has also said “ that which hath made them drunk hath made me bold, what hath quenched them hath given me fire” (Mac.
She goads Macbeth and convinces him to murder King Duncan. During this period of time Lady Macbeth’s masculine traits are at their peak, as she states “That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,” (Act 1, Scene). This phrase is vital in Lady Macbeth’s character development as it emphasizes the masculinity that she portrays. As contemporary audiences are much more open minded about gender equality, are the dominance of Lady Macbeth in the relationship between her and Macbeth is not surprising. However, as this play is based in the Jacobean times and was staged during the 1600’s, this characterisation of Lady Macbeth by Shakespeare was extremely contentious and controversial, as females didn’t have much authority in a relationship when compared to
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.
Despite Macbeth doubting whether or not he should follow through with the assassination of Duncan, he is always convinced by Lady Macbeth that killing Duncan is appropriate. Lady Macbeth even views her husband’s weaknesses as leverage to harass him into killing Duncan. This can be seen when, at one stage, Macbeth repels the idea of killing a good king and believes that the assassination should not be done, his wife demands him to kill by saying abusive words. She questions if Macbeth loves her, she questions Macbeth’s masculinity and she criticizes Macbeth’s aspiration to be king. These three brutal statements hurt Macbeth.
With this in mind, if a man couldn’t do something a woman can, he was a disgrace; Lady Macbeth is taunting Macbeth with the gender gap, which makes him want to prove he’s more masculine and can keep it together. Even though, Lady Macbeth is viewed as a manipulative character, towards the end, she changes and shows signs of remorse/regret, which is not like her character. Lady Macbeth begins to feel remorseful because she has made an outright killing machine out of Macbeth. Lady Macbeth starts to ask herself “The thane of Fife had a wife. Where is she now?
In Macbeth, Lady Macbeth Manipulative and ambitious but later you see the caring side of her. Lady Macbeth does not try and make her husband the monster he becomes but after she convinces Macbeth to kill King Duncan you see the manipulative side of her. Lady Macbeth degrades Macbeth and says things like, "When durst do it, then you were a man; / Andto be much more than what you were, you would / Be so much more the man" to manipulate him into doing her dirty work. Although Macbeth gives multiple reasons why he does not want to kill the king, Lady Macbeth finds ways to convince him still. This shows the ambitious side of Lady Macbeth.
For this reason, Ismene’s opinion on Antigone’s determination to bury their brother illustrates how realistic her thoughts and actions are. When Antigone asks for Ismene’s help to burry their brother Ismene points out the flaw in her plan, “ Burry him! You have just said that the new law forbids it.” Her underlying respect for her brother made Antigone impulsive with her decision to burry her brother. With this in mind, Ismene points out her underestimating the power of authority, which demonstrates her skill of not letting emotions, get in the way of her thinking unlike her sister. After several attempts Ismene realized she is unable to change Antigone’s mind, so she says “ But no one must hear of this, you must tell no one!” Furthermore,