Lady Macbeth and Macbeth are the main causes of evil in the play Macbeth. One of their most evil acts is the murder of Duncan and the responsibility lies with both Lady Macbeth and Macbeth. While both have incredible ambition, it is Lady Macbeth's pressure and manipulation that encourage Macbeth to murder Duncan. Therefore, Lady Macbeth’s control and influence over her husband make her equally if not more evil than her husband. Lady Macbeth cares more and dedicates more of her time to this murder compared to Macbeth.
It was Lady Macbeth who influenced Macbeth into killing King Duncan. She wanted the title of being queen and King Duncan was in her way of that, so she got into Macbeth’s head. Macbeth was reluctant at first, which also shows that he is not wholly evil. A true wholly evil person wouldn’t be reluctant about killing someone. Throughout the play, it is evidence that Macbeth is not wholly
However, she becomes less cruel and consumed with guilt towards the end of the play. In the beginning she wanted to be the one to kill King Duncan. When she saw him asleep, she manipulated Macbeth to do it instead because he looked like her father. “If Duncan hadn’t looked like my father in his sleep, I’d have done it myself.” (2,II,12-13), Lady Macbeth must have a heart and be nice enough to not kill someone that looks like her father. If she was evil, nothing would stop her from committing the murder to get what she wants.
In the play, Macbeth, William Shakespeare uses the theme of the corrupting power of ambition, Macbeth’s character flaws, and the theme of cruelty versus masculinity to show Macbeth’s misdeeds were a direct result of external influences. Throughout the play, Macbeth commits several wrongdoings including, killing King Duncan, his friend Banquo and manipulating others into carrying out his wishes. By appealing to Macbeth’s strong desires to become king, the witches’ prophecies leads Macbeth to commit several murders. Through fueling Macbeth’s inner insecurities, Malcolm prompts Macbeth to irrationally continue wrongdoings. Similarly, Lady Macbeth’s manipulative persona, encourages Macbeth to commit wicked actions.
In William Shakespeare's play, Macbeth, Lady Macbeth plays the wife of Macbeth. Lady Macbeth is much more ruthless and ambitious than her husband. Lady Macbeth possess great manipulation skills as she persuades her husband Macbeth into killing their king(Act i.VII). She challenges the role of women during the Shakespearean time. Her strong desire to have power and Macbeth king becomes strongly evident throughout the play.
Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, is a dark play full of witchcraft and foreshadowing. Lady Macbeth showed scheming qualities throughout the play which had a lot of influence on her husband, Macbeth. Because of her controlling personality, Macbeth was scared to disappoint her. She was the one who positioned the idea of Duncan’s murder into her husband’s mind where he was succumbed by her supremacies and made the ultimate mistake. It was also her idea to place the blame of Duncan’s death on the soldiers.
She emasculates Macbeth and challenges his bravery, which to him is the essence of a being a man, "coward." Compelling her husband by giving him an ultimatium, be a coward or kill the king. Macbeth succumbs to evil and in doing so, betrays his King. God 's divine order is disturbed as Macbeth challenges God by killing the God appointed King and assuming the role for himself in his quest for power. Later on in the play, Macbeth asserts his right over Lady Macbeth, flipping their dynamic, and distances himself from her,"be innocent of the knowlded dearest chuck."
Macbeth has to proceed with the murder himself. As the readers can see, this is not the Lady Macbeth we see in the beginning of the play. She is not as bold as she was previously. He has enough bravery to actually commit the murder of King Duncan. He kills the two innocent guards.
As his wife, Lady Macbeth, urges him to kill king Duncan so he can become king, his urge for killing only grows and transforms him into a serial killer. There are many different aspects of this play that could have contributed to Macbeth’s tragic end, including characters. The three witches in the play could be to blame for this. They predicted his future which influenced him greatly. However, the main person to blame for Macbeth’s downfall is Lady Macbeth for three reasons: her insult on his manhood, her her manipulative tricks, and her influential qualities.
(Act 1, Scene 7) Through the power of manipulation, Lady Macbeth powerfully challenges Macbeth to commit to the plan to murder King Duncan by exclaiming “screw your courage to the sticking-place. And we’ll not fail.” (Act I, Scene 7) It is through her words that Lady Macbeth has her husband, Macbeth, murder King Duncan and achieve her great desire to become Queen of Scotland. Unfortunately, the death of King Duncan begins Macbeth’s reign of tyranny, which also begins the emergence of Lady Macbeth’s guilty conscience. As a result of serving as a catalyst that effectively unleashes Macbeth’s true side of evil, Lady Macbeth’s guilty conscience begins to surface. Immediately upon becoming King of Scotland, Macbeth’s wicked and selfish ambitions to achieve absolute dominance over the throne begins his murderous reign of tyranny.