Lady Macbeth's Struggle For Power

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Ambition is a strong force of human nature, which can turn people evil if it takes control of them. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are perfect examples of these type of people. In Macbeth, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are both thirsty for power which leads them to their ultimate demise. People might expect that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have a mundane husband and wife relationship, but instead they are in a divergent relationship, which causes them to influence each other in a way that lead to their downfall. The ambition that Macbeth and Lady macbeth have for power was portrayed by their motives, morals, goals, relationships, consciousness and personalities throughout the play. The relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth is very clear at the…show more content…
“These deeds must not be thought after these ways; so, it will make us mad” (2.2.34). The more they thought about the murder, the more things they over thought which ultimately led them both to their demise. The amount of guilt that oppressed Macbeth after this murder was huge. “Will all of Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?” (2.2.61). This shows that no matter what Macbeth does, he has to live with the fact that he has killed a person for the rest of his life. Macbeth changed dramatically after the murder, he went insane and started turning into a ruthless king by killing more people such as Banquo and Lady Macduff. Meanwhile, Lady Macbeth turned into a weak, crazy women who suffered from insomnia. “Out damned spot - out I say” (5.1.21). This quote represents that no matter what she does, she will always have to deal with the guilt and paranoia of murdering Duncan. Both the characters changed drastically in their personalities as a result of murdering…show more content…
Both characters portrayed ambition, strength and insanity at one time or another in the play. But as the play progresses, Macbeth gets more powerful and ambitious while Lady Macbeth gets weaker and less ambitious. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth appeared to have switched “attitudes” throughout the play. In the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth was very ambitious and greedy, while Macbeth was consciously moral and lighthearted. As the play progresses, Macbeth starts to turn into a greedy, ambitious king who does anything he can to preserve his title, while Lady Macbeth loses all her ambition and turns crazy. Even though both the characters have a lot of similarities and differences in terms of ambition, they both realized that they made a big mistake after the murder of King Duncan and chose the wrong path to live their
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