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.
William Shakespeare sagaciously utilizes the potent role of a remarkable female character throughout this novel. Shakespeare displays an assertive women, Lady Macbeth, to not only play as a role of influence; however, as an exceptional antagonist. Throughout Shakespeare’s novel, Macbeth, Lady Macbeth constantly reveals traits of vileness and dominance which allow her to be so conspicuous as a character. Lady Macbeth makes her lack of humanity perceivable to the audience; as well, her manipulativeness is what makes her notable. Lady Macbeth is regarded as such an outstanding character due to the way she challenges the role of the traditional women of the Elizabethan era.
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.
Lady Macbeth is a bold and ambitious woman. She has implicit faith in herself. She wants to remove every obstacle in her pursuit of becoming the queen. Her ambition is not only for herself but also for Macbeth. Nevertheless, with all her fervor, she wants him to be as strong as her.
In conclusion we learn that the two lead female characters are almost completely different; their journeys overlap and the two women end up transforming into their counterparts. Lady Macbeth, a power-hungry tyrant with nothing to lose, becomes a weak-willed and nervous wreck who loses everything, including her power and status. On the other hand Sheila starts with no true will of her own and very little power, but as she develops she gains control and becomes a force to be reckoned with; as she becomes more enlightened she learns to wield her intelligence and emotional strength to become a powerful atypical Edwardian girl who is in control of her situation and her role in society. It can be observed that the women’s attitudes to the ‘chain of events’ in each play are in stark contrast to each other; As William Cowper states, ‘Glory built on selfish principles, is shame and guilt’, and there can be no disputing that Lady Macbeth’s guilt was a result of her glory and subsequent corruption while Sheila’s glory was built by acknowledging her guilt and shame. Sheila accepted her guilt and as such mastered it; Lady Macbeth refused to accept any guilt for killing King Duncan, and succumbed to it.
At the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth begins to encourage Macbeth to commit evil actions for power and fulfill all prophecies. After the witches give me prophecies to Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is determined to make these prophecies true by controlling and encouraging Macbeth to commit crimes. When Macbeth is hesitating about committing crimes, Lady Macbeth argues and says “...From this time/ Such I account thy love. Art thou afeard/ To be the same in thine own act and valor/ As thou art in desire? Wouldst thou have that/ And live as a coward in their own esteem/ letting “I dare not” wait upon “I would” (I.VII.38-44).
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).
The thought of being a queen pushes her and make her act despicably. Lady Macbeth and Macbeth both agreed to kill King Duncan, however Macbeth was slightly hesitant about the plan of committing a regicide as he kept thinking of the consequence of this sin. Lady Macbeth is trying to encourage him to overcome his nerves in order for her plan to be accomplished. By doing that, she used a metaphor to belittle his confidence and insult his abilities, as she says: "But screw your courage to the sticking place and we'll not fail". She's comparing Macbeth's courage to a music instrument in which the peg should be tightened up until it sticks in its place.
The tragic hero Macbeth who has committed numerous act of betrayal finally reached the end in time which was led by hif fatal flaw, ambition. Self Same to her husband Lady Macbeth too did meet her end of time by committing suicide, inflicted by her paranoia from the killing of King Duncan. Unaffected, unharmed but yet still a cruel set of sisters, the three witch can be seen as still living and continuing to cause more corruption. Occurring in Scotland, Shakespeare's Macbeth voices a bloody rise to power and a tragic downfall of the warrior Macbeth , who is told in the beginning that he will be the new king although the only way that was happen is if he were motivated enough to do one thing kill king duncan, and he was motivated by two things, Lady Macbeth and mainly his ambition although with the help of the three witches or should we say the “weird sisters” they helped the Macbeths go from sunrise to sunset all in a few
At the beginning of William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ the protagonist Macbeth is described as ‘brave’, ‘noble’ and ‘honourable’, however Lady Macbeth’s and Macbeths desire for power consumes them. Macbeth’s ambition overrides his conscience and transformed his greatest strength into his greatest weakness. Macbeth’s inability to resist temptations that led him to be greedy for power, Macbeth’s easily manipulative nature which allowed his mind to be swayed, Macbeth having no self control and his excessive pride was what allowed him to renew his previously honourable and celebrated title into one of an evil ‘tyrant’. Macbeth is led by the prophecies of the witches after they foretell he will become the Thane of Cawdor. Not only the witches, but also his wife easily manipulate Macbeth as she attacks his manhood in order to provoke him to act on his desires.