Lady Macbeth was incredibly strong and ruthless. She is portrayed as masculine and unnatural. At the start of the play she is already plotting the murder of the character Duncan, and she is trying to get her husband on board with it. Everything was going fine for Lady Macbeth, her husband killed Duncan and became king she had everything she wanted however, as the play progresses Lady Macbeth loses power over Macbeth. This and her guilty conscience eventually leads to her demise.
Throughout the play Shakespeare illuminates Macbeth’s escape from reality. His perceptions attribute to his immoral actions, just as Lady Macbeth continually washes her clean hands from the blood she helps to spill. Shakespeare defines these perceptions as the symbols of dark deeds the main characters commit. Consequently, after the murder of Banquo, King Macbeth imagines his presence at the banquet. Macbeth’s blames his paranoia on his dinner guests, shifting blame from himself to them, showing his weak character and inability to take responsibility for his own actions.
Banquo, King Duncan and Lady Macbeth all influence Macbeth to pursue the path of evil. In the very beginning of the play, Duncan gives the position of Thane of Cawdor to Macbeth. This in itself causes Macbeth to have his initial urge for power. Once he receives the position, he desperately wants to hold the position of king. After hearing the prophecy of the witches, Macbeth wishes to kill anyone standing in his way: “I dare do all that may become a
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.
beware Macduff, Beware the Thane of fire. Dismiss me. Enough.” (IV, i, 70) this quote was when Macbeth goes to the witches for the second time, they warn Macbeth of Macduff so he goes and kills his family. Macbeth is sinking deeper and deeper into sanity and would do anything to keep the power that he currently holds, though his movements would never change his fate. Yet another person Macbeth kills out of pure greed near the end of the
Once Lady Macbeth got the letter she told to the spirits to unsex her and fill her with malevolent evil. And once Macbeth got that taste of evil on his tongue he killed king Duncan. That was the first step to his end. "I am settled, and bend up each corporal agent to this terrible feat. Away, and mock the time with fairest show: false face must hide what the false heart doth know" (Shakespeare, Macbeth, act 1).
There comes a point in life where some people face an opportunity to do an unlawful act and must decide to go through with it or not. Macbeth was faced with a chance to end King Duncan’s life and to become King himself, as Lady Macbeth had just come to him and made him aware of her plans to murder Duncan. In Macbeth’s soliloquy during Act I scene VII, he uses an apprehensively cautious tone to convey how conflicted he is to the readers. The purpose of this speech is for Macbeth to explain why killing Duncan is a horrible idea. Also, Macbeth’s faith in the three witches is a big reason he decides to do and they are why Lady Macbeth created the idea to kill the King.
In the play of Macbeth, there are some characters that could be responsible for Duncan’s death. I personally think Lady Macbeth is the cause of Duncan's murder. She is the most ambitious to kill the king in the beginning of the play, pressuring Macbeth. Lady Macbeth was persuasive of driving Macbeth to commit the murder. She manipulates him to go through with the murder even though he was very doubtful about it.
Macbeth attempts to stand up for himself by saying “I dare do all that may become a man” (Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 7, Lines 51)Their plan to kill Duncan was to get his two attendants drunk, so they would pass out and be blamed for the death of King Duncan. While Lady Macbeth is waiting to hear if Duncan is dead, her husband shows up with his hands covered in blood and with the dagger. Lady Macbeth takes the dagger back to Duncan’s and places it on the guards. Macbeth was talking about his hands being bloody and she said, “My hands are of your colour but I shame to wear a heart so white.”(Macbeth, Act 2, Scene 2, Lines 81-82) Lady Macbeth is feeling guilty about what she has done at this point. This plan showed that they would harm anyone to get the titles, King and Queen.
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.