Lady Macbeth Lady Macbeth is Macbeth´s wife. At the beginning of the play, she has a female traditional role, but when the plot starts to develop, she changes it. Thus, whenever it suits her she adapts a masculine role. She is shown as instigator in Macbeth´s downfall, inciting him to do the wrong things, and in some situations, she is thought to be a representation of evil. Lady Macbeth is very ambitious, and she “wants” to be a man, because men are supposed to be cruel.
Lady Macbeth then verbally attacks her spouse, angrily calling him a coward. She is confident that the two of them will perfectly execute their plan of killing Duncan and then framing his two guards who will purposely be drunk. She manages to reassure Macbeth’s doubts for his mindset transforms from hesitancy at the beginning of the scene to dauntlessness. If Lady Macbeth had not pushed Macbeth commit the murder, Scotland would likely still be under the rule of the leader they thrive under. Macbeth would not have slowly transformed into a selfish, power-hungry “king” who kills to get what he wants.
After Macbeth murdered Duncan, the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth gets on the rocks. Furthermore, Lady Macbeth starts to feel the distance that is created between Macbeth and herself, “Nought’s had, all’s spent, / Where our desire is got without content:” (III,ii,4-5). Lady Macbeth still cares greatly about the welfare of Macbeth. However, Macbeth has become so much occupied with the killings, he spends very little time with his wife. Consequently, she starts feeling lonely and traumatized by what she and her husband is doing.
As the Macbeth’s portray the opposite of social constructs and expectations in the play, they eventually fall into their belonged stereotype after Lady Macbeth slowly starts to spiral downhill. Once Macbeth feels as though someone is in the way of him becoming King, he instantly creates a plan to murder them like Lady Macbeth did with Duncan. As they eventually take up each others common behavior, Lady Macbeth drives herself to insanity due to her womanly feelings. “I have seen her rise from her bed, throw her nightgown upon her, unlock her closet, take forth paper, fold it, write upon ’t, read it, afterwards seal it, and again return to bed; yet all this while in a most fast sleep.”, she is seen sleepwalking and participating in strange activities due to the insanity driven from guilt (5.1.4-6). Her feelings of shame and weakness have made her crazy to the point where she has herself doing these things.
Macbeth is also a power hungry man who would do just about anything to achieve his goal of becoming King. When Macbeth first hears the prophecies from the three witches he instantly became invested with the journey to become king. Similar to Lady Macbeth, nothing was going to come between him and his potential power, “My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man. That function is smother'd in surmise, and nothing is but what is not” (1.3.52-55). This quote exemplifies how Macbeth’s initial solution to becoming king was murder.
She insults him and calls him a coward while also questioning his manhood which makes Macbeth come to a realization that not killing the king is the way of a coward and he is motivated to carry out the plan and murder the king because of Lady Macbeth’s insults and speech that she gives him. By successfully persuading Macbeth into murdering the king this shows that Lady Macbeth is controlling towards people and she can be a very manipulative person. It shows that she is the type of person that gets things done by manipulating other people to do her dirty work for her. Lady Macbeth can simply achieve her own goals by getting into anyone’s head and turning their own conscience against them in, which is essentially what she did to her husband. Macbeth would have never went through with killing King Duncan if Lady Macbeth had never persuaded him because he really does have a soft heart and is good and honorable.
In the moments leading to her death, Lady Macbeth begins sleepwalking and experiencing restlessness–her body’s way of expressing outwardly the great guilt that she feels within. Her constant motion of “washing her hands” at this time further exhibits that she feels guilty and desires to pay for the deceit and evil she has inflicted (5.1.20). In many regards, Lady Macbeth’s ultimate act of suicide is “an act of repentance” where she shows sincere remorse for her vile deeds (Sentov). Macbeth, however, becomes so engrossed in “the apathy of joyless crime” that he hardly mourns the loss of his wife (Hazlitt 174). While Lady Macbeth dies in guilt and repentance, Macbeth dies in selfish submission to evil, fighting with what little he has left to retain for himself the throne.
She is the darkest side of his husband because she is the main driving force behind the murder of Duncan because she encourages him, and the attempt to cover it up. She acts like the witches, with manipulation, showing him that to murder someone is not such a thing, and that he must “be a man”. What Lady Macbeth does not know, is that sooner or later the consequences arrive. She is blinded by her want for him to become king and her ambition wins. Additionally, Lady Macbeth takes the witches predictions and try to become them true, she leverages that opportunity to make it reality.
First, Lady Macbeth compares Macbeth to an old adage, in which, a cat wants a fish but is afraid to get it’s paws wet. As a result, Lady Macbeth uses Macbeth’s prideful nature and ambition to be king against him, telling him it is more pathetic to not follow your dreams and live like a coward. Thus, convincing Macbeth that murdering Duncan is more noble, than not. In addition, by relating masculinity with cruelty, Lady Macbeth challenges the manhood of her husband by mocking his inability to ruthlessly kill another man, making Macbeth feel insecure and worthless. Furthermore, Lady Macbeth manipulates Macbeth saying that she would kill her own baby while breastfeeding, if she had promised him she would.
Comparing lady macbeth and macbeth as they were murders and dangerous because society views them as normal people, Macbeth wanted to be king and Lady Macbeth wanted the whole power and they killed the king to gain their power. Lady Macbeth is a woman who is not frighten to take the authority over her actions. She was one and only, her actions made guys fall in love with her. This quote describes how her versions of reality were, “Lady macbeth Your face, my Thane, is as a book where men May read strange matters. To beguile the time, Look like the time; bear welcome in your eye, Your hand, your tongue; look like th ' innocent flower, But be the serpent under 't” (1.5.73-78).