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Lady Macbeth: An Evil Wife In Shakespeare's Macbeth

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An Evil Wife in Macbeth
The stereotype women are supposed to be nice, gentle and kind. In some other cases, some women are crueler than men. In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare tells a story of Lady Macbeth, a ruthless wife who manipulates her husband to achieve her evil desires. Lady Macbeth is an evil woman because she is extremely ambitious, greedy and controlling which shows that her desires leads her to be a ruthless person. 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). Lady Macbeth does
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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. Lady Macbeth is smart enough to manipulate him when he is struggling. By manipulating Macbeth to achieve her evil desires, it shows that she is an evil
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