She does this by making Macbeth feel distressed during her process of coercion. Her final step of inducement consists of turning Macbeth’s own gender against him, “When you durst do it, you were a man” (i.vii.50). This ultimately is the shifting point of the Macbeth’s companionship. Lady Macbeth is so consumed in her own greed that she loses the love of Macbeth throughout the process of enticement. Lady Macbeth is such a strong character that she can maintain a role of innocence while being the centre of control when planning a murder in internal disguise.
Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth as a power hungry and vindictive women, whose character is against the stereotypes of a Jacobean woman. Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth as a deceptive woman, who uses the fact that she is a woman as a weapon. ‘Why, worthy thane, you do unbend your noble strength to think.’ Lady Macbeth is talking to Macbeth. She begins by praising him, ‘worthy’, however ends the speech with orders and telling Macbeth that he did things wrong, she also insults him ‘infirm of purpose’. Macbeth would be proud of himself because Lady Macbeth is his wife and her opinion means a lot to him.
One theme that is present in Macbeth is ambition. This theme becomes evident when the witches give the prophecies to the Macbeths and they do everything they can in order to fulfill their desires. The first account of when Macbeth allows his ambition to overwhelm him is when he kills Duncan. In ActⅠScene ⅶ, Macbeth is contemplating whether or not to kill the king by listing out the reasons against and he discovers that ambition is his only motivation to kill. He says “I have no spur / To prick the sides of my intent, but only / Vaulting ambition which o’erleaps itself / And falls on th’other”(ActⅠScene ⅶ) Macbeth has enough self-awareness to realize the dangers of killing the king yet his temptation to complete the prophecy is too strong.
Unhae Langis, once wrote that, “Lady Macbeth evokes shame in him [Macbeth] to get him back into the contest.” By constantly shaming her husband, Lady Macbeth holds a great amount of control on the way he sees himself. Macbeth’s actions are ultimately based on pleasing his wife. When Macbeth informs his wife on the witches prophecies, she does not believe that Macbeth is strong enough to do whatever it takes to be the new king of Scotland. In Act I, Scene 5 of Macbeth, Shakespeare writes, “Yet
Ambitious, Manipulative, frightening- these 3 adjectives could be used to describe Lady Macbeth. Even when we see her for the first time, she is already planning Duncan’s murder and she is crueler, more ruthless and more ambitious than her husband. She has a burning ambition to be a queen and persistently taunts Macbeth for his lack of courage. She dislikes that her husband is too kind hearted to do what needs to be done in order to receive the great power.Lady Macbeth is fully aware of this and knows that she will have to push Macbeth into committing murder. Lady Macbeth’s character is a great example of the theme of relationship between gender and power.
It was her ambitious plan on murdering Duncan, but Macbeth does not want to kill him. After Lady Macbeth reads the letter she says, “Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe top-full of direst cruelty. Make thick my blood.” (Shakespeare 1:5:30-33). This quotation by Lady Macbeth says “unsex her”, which means she is wanting to be like a stereotypical man to give her enough power and to be less emotional. She says this because she can then make herself a cruel person and murder Duncan.
In conclusion, William Shakespeare’s Macbeth demonstrates that a guilty conscience is a mind-probing enemy that can strike quietly and become a deadly, overpowering force that can subdue anyone with remorse. Through Lady Macbeth’s character transformation, the effects of a guilty conscience can thoroughly be seen. At the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth is an ambitious character that can repress her guilt to perform evil to a high extent. However, as the play progresses, the gradual diminishing of Lady Macbeth’s stone-like ruthlessness becomes visible as she deals with the guilt that stains her hands. As Lady Macbeth attempts to cleanse herself of the guilt she harbors in her mind, it becomes evident that guilt is a demon.
Due to Cleopatra efforts, she made Egypt wealthier and more powerful. Cleopatra was misunderstood, thinking she was an evil temptress, the Romans refused to trust her. They believed she was a bad negative influence on the civilization. Cleopatra is of the ten queens portraits of women of power, Cleopatra is also known the evil woman in history. The evidence that the archeologists have been saying that Cleopatra was a women of powerful achievement.
In the text it says, “Which thou esteem’st the ornament of life and live a coward in thine own esteem, letting “I dare not” wait upon “I would” like the poor cat I’ th’ adage?” (I.iiv.42-45). This shows that Lady Macbeth tries to manipulate Macbeth into going through with killing King Duncan by comparing him to a cat who wouldn’t catch fish because it feared wet feet. And when Macbeth does end up killing Duncan, it is one of the most important events in the play. However, the Witches still hold the most influence because without their prophecy stating that Macbeth would be king, they would have never had a need to murder Kind Duncan. The text says,
This again shows how she wishes to be more manly and less motherly to carry out her plan. She is ambitious to murder Duncan and hopes for her body to be filled with more cruelty than ever to act upon her brutal ideas. Unlike most female characters in Shakespeare’s plays, Lady Macbeth desires to be less maternal and affectionate. She hopes to gain more power mentally as she prays for spirits to fill her with sadism and brutality. One last disturbing quote from Lady Macbeth is when she is proposing Duncan’s murder to Macbeth and says, “Will I with wine and wassail so convince/That memory, the warder of the brain,/Shall be a fume, and the receipt of reason/A limbeck only: when in swinish sleep/Their drenchèd natures lie as in a death,/What cannot you and I perform