She persuades her husband into killing Duncan by saying, “screw your courage to the sticking-place, and we’ll not fail” (1.7.60--61). By saying this, Lady Macbeth is calling her husband a coward if he does not kill Duncan. Lady Macbeth is motivated by her ambition to gain power by forcing Macbeth to kill Duncan so they can become the new king and queen to rule over everything. By having Duncan killed, it causes Lady Macbeth to get into trouble because Banquo becomes suspicious that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth were responsible for Duncan’s
Lady Macbeth persuades and manipulates Macbeth by pointing out his insecurities successfully and pressuring him into murdering the king. Along with this, Lady Macbeth also questions Macbeth’s manhood and masculinity when he does not want to carry out the plan when she 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” (Shakespeare 1.7.49-51). By saying these things, Lady Macbeth persuades her husband to believe that murdering the king will be his redemption from being a
It was his own free will, his own actions, that caused him most of the trouble he went through. Macbeth told his wife that he was uneasy about having to kill Duncan. Lady Macbeth was very manipulative and caused Macbeth to quit questioning himself and follow through. Macbeth went into Duncan’s sleeping chamber with the dagger and killed him. That was all Macbeth.
Macbeth's lust for power becomes blatantly obvious based upon his fears that "to be thus is nothing, but to be safely thus", prompting him to kill Banquo and make an attempt at his son, Fleance. To relieve himself of his insecurities, he manipulates two murderers to believe than Banquo is their "enemy" and the source of all of their problems, displaying his twisted nature. He does not, before the act is already committed, share news of the "deed of dreadful note" with his "dearest chuck", Lady Macbeth, proving he has made his face a "vizard to [his] heart" not only for the public, but also to his once-cohort. Macbeth's peers' opinion sinks so low that he is often merely referred to as a "tyrant" rather than by his name. He is not only a traitorous and cruel king, but the extent to which he is "unfit to govern" makes him "unfit to live" - deserving of death for how he has let down Scotland.
This ambitious nature and craving for power is also demonstrated only moments after hearing the witches, when he starts formulating a plan to kill Duncan in order to make the third prophecy come true. “If good, why do I yield to that suggestion[killing Duncan]/Whose horrid image doth unify my hair” (I, III, 144-145). This quote indicates that the force of ambition is so strong within Macbeth that even he himself cannot understand why it is making him think of killing Duncan. Likewise, Macbeth’s ambition to become king is further emphasized after Duncan names his son Malcolm as his successor. Here, Macbeth says that he will have to “oerleap,/For in my way it [Malcolm] it lies” (I, III, 55-57).
By playing on Macbeth’s deepest ambition, it brought forth thoughts of evil and as a result, it leads Macbeth down a violent path. Lady Macbeth also has a part to play as she is the driving force, who plotted and urged Macbeth into committing the hideous act. Lady Macbeth attacked qualities of Macbeth’s manhood, telling him when he commits the murder then he “[is] a man”. Shakespeare suggests that Macbeth lacks the strength of character, but through manipulation of his ambitions, he gains the strength to carry out the act. Straight after the murder of Duncan, Macbeth is shaken by what he has committed and says will all “great Neptune’s ocean, wash this blood/clean from my hands”, reveals that he is now regretting his decision and is making an attempt to get rid of the evidence.
The theme that power corrupts expresses its way through Macbeth is when: Macbeth’s wife plans all of the killings in order to possess power, and also when Macbeth becomes a complete murderer in order to maintain his power and titles. The theme of power corrupts develops over the course of the play in Macbeth’s life. Macbeth starts off as a kind, noble man—who is too “kind” for his wife, Lady Macbeth. His first title is Thane of Cawdor, and he does not let this title
He wants to please her and make her believe that he is tough. When he meets the three witches they tell him he will be King of Scotland, he knew he would have to kill Duncan in order to fulfill the throne. Macbeth is forthright with his decision at first barring the unsteadiness about going through. He becomes worried, depressed and very unsure of the outcome. “Creeps in this petty pace from day to day” (Line 2).
MacBeth presents a clear and evident example of this concept. In the play, Lady MacBeth’s desire for power blinds her, making her do horrible things. She manipulates her husband into murdering Duncan to gain more power. MacBeth himself is also blinded by his hunger for power that Lady MacBeth instilled in him. Power proves a similar effect on Iago in Othello.
“Macbeth- who may I rather challenge for unkindness than for mischance?” (2.3.44-45). Macbeth this is about a man who wanted to be in power and would do any wrong deed to get there. With the help of the Weird Sisters and his wife the murder spree began than ending with Macbeths head decapitated by a foe named Macduff. Although Lady Macbeth convinces her husband to follow the prophecies and Macbeth’s loyalty to his wife destroys his thoughts, the Weird Sisters hold ultimate control when they predict his coming title. Lady Macbeth is the wife of Macbeth, and leading believer of Macbeth’s destiny.