Lady Macbeth contributes towards Macbeth 's downfall as she is seen to be alluring, particularly in encouraging Macbeth to kill the King. She too is sure that murder is the only solution to make the prophecy come true, but she also believes that he is "too full o ' the milk of human kindness". Lady Macbeth uses the metaphor of "milk" (being a pure drink) to show that Macbeth will "catch the nearest way" to become the King of Scotland. Macbeth does not lack ambition,however he is squeamish about the methods used to become the leader. In Act 1 Scene 7, Macbeth decides to cancel the plan of murdering king Duncan, Lady Macbeth uses several techniques to in order to convince him to carry out the plan.
Duncan was murdered through Macbeth’s actions; however, Lady Macbeth is the true cause for it. Shortly after the three witches prophecies, Macbeth already begins to contemplate what needs to be done for him to become king. Despite his thoughts and desire to become king, Macbeth decides not to follow these cruel actions. Lady Macbeth comes into the picture shortly after Macbeth discussed what is going on. The theme of what really defines a man is portrayed extremely well shortly after Lady Macbeth reads Macbeth’s letter to her, “This have I thought good to deliver thee, my dearest partner of greatness, that thou mightst not lose the dues of
“And, to be more what you were, you Be so much more the man”. She does this to make him continue with the plan by defending his dignity and pride as a man. It is clear from this point that the dominant person between the two is Lady Macbeth as she would go as far as questioning his husband’s manhood in order to achieve her ambition and proceed with the plan. In the Elizabethan era, the husband should be in charge of the family but in the play, we could see that Lady Macbeth is not a typical Elizabethan woman as she’s able to tease Macbeth, this shows that she has a higher status than Macbeth.
(I.iii.45-47) Macbeth, then, becomes excited for the prophecies of the weird sisters and he passes the information to Lady Macbeth immediately so that she can proceed to fulfil his desire. Hearing the prophecy, Lady Macbeth becomes highly ambitious. She gets the indication of Macbeth’s hidden desire to be a king and Macbeth in his letter manipulates her to help him to achieve his goal. He states: Thou wouldst be great Art not without ambition, but without The illness should attend it. (I.v.17-19) Here Macbeth indicates her to give up her womanliness which is compared with ‘illness’ to think how to fulfil his desire.
She does this by questioning Macbeth’s manhood, “It is too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way” (Shakespeare 1.5.15-16). She pushes him into killing King Duncan, “But screw your courage to the sticking-place, and we’ll not fail” (Shakespeare 1.7.60-61). This is a prime example of how humanism replaces religious values during the time of expansion in the Kingdom of England. Shakespeare wrote this play to demonstrate the shift in values and beliefs during this time period of which he was alive in
Portia is still listing meaningful reasons for Brutus to put faith in her, and ends up accidentally degrading herself whilst doing so. She says, “I grant I am a woman; but withal/ A woman well reputed, Cato’s daughter/ Think you I am no stronger than my sex/ Being so father’d, and so husbanded” (Shakespeare, II.i 294-298)? Portia is once again providing a window for the reader to see into the mindset of their time. Her words reflect that she is not accountable for her own worth and personality, only the men who sired or married her show her worth. Brutus, being one of these men, is being directly charmed, as well as possibly accused.
As she believes that Macbeth won’t have the courage to carry out the act, and suggests that Macbeth might not look as strong as his reputation in the field and that this business should be left to her. ‘He that’s coming Must be provided for; and you shall put This night’s great business into my dispatch’ (1.5.78-80). Through these encounters, we can see how bug Lady Macbeth’s influence over her husband is, and how she seems to be the more dominant of the
She quotes: And chastise with the valour of my tongue. (1.5, 28-33) When she says this, she implies that she is going to manipulate him so he can take action to earn his title as King. The speech establishes Lady Macbeth’s dominance, which is an essential quality for a man in a normal relationship, but in this case the situation has switched. Lady Macbeth also thinks Macbeth is too loyal, and has great fear over the consequences of getting caught after killing King Duncan. Therefore, she finds
This is shown when Lady Macbeth says, “His two chamberlains will I with wine and wassail so convince that memory, the warder of the brain, shall be a fume and a receipt of reason.” (I, vii, 67-69).When Lady Macbeth tells this to Macbeth she is trying to persuade Macbeth into killing the king by already having a plan prepared and giving Macbeth a false sense of security. This was another way Lady Macbeth was able to manipulate Macbeth and contribute to his downfall. Macbeth was already mentally damaged from his wife challenging his masculinity but now he has very little control over himself because his wife is taking the plan into her own hands. This is important because Macbeth shows reluctance to kill the king but now that Lady Macbeth has created a plan and a foundation for her and Macbeth to fall on, which gives Macbeth the idea that she is willing to step up and take the position as the man and do something he can’t