Macbeth’s wife, Lady Macbeth, pushes him over the edge and manipulates him into murdering the king. Lady Macbeth does many evil things throughout the play, but the guilt and her weakness causes her to crack under pressure. Lady Macbeth has shown her true, wicked intelligence through planning out the murder of Duncan. However, she soon breaks under the pressure showing how weak she really is. She
Lady Macbeth is evil, she does things that no sane person would do. Nobody just tells their husband to kill their king because some old hags off the side said that he would be king, that's not how things work in the world. She is evil also because she said: “Come, you spirits that serve the thoughts of mortals: rid me of the natural tenderness of my sex and fill me from head to toe with the direst cruelty!” (I, v, 39-42) in order to have the right amount of “evil” to kill the king, another example is when she is setting up the murder with daggers for Macbeth to kill the king, she says before
When Macbeth displays uncertainty regarding the murder of Duncan, Lady Macbeth uses his fear of not adhering to the masculine gender role of being cold-hearted and ambitious and only “when [Macbeth] durst do it, then [he was] a man”. (1.7.56) Upon first glance, it would seem as though Lady Macbeth is strong and powerful. However, Shakespeare uses the downfall of both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to display that women in power are dangerous and corrupt. Due to Lady Macbeth’s coercion into the murder of Duncan, she allows and essentially encourages Macbeth to ravage all of Scotland. Lady Macbeth descends into insanity caused by lack of sleep and guilt.
Ambition or murder? Lady Macbeth’s ambition and her desire to become the queen is the driving force behind Duncan and her husband’s demise. This can be seen in her decision to act upon the prophecy, her questioning of Macbeth’s manhood when he was unwilling to kill Duncan and the fact that she was the one guilty for coming up with a plan to murder Duncan. In Act 1 scene 5, when she hears about the prophecy she decides that Duncan needs to die without considering the consequences. Her desire and ambition overcomes her sense of right and wrong as she calls to “spirits that tend to mortal thoughts” so that she would be able to loose her womanly characteristics and she requests them to “fill me with from the crown to the toe topfull of direst cruelty”.She goes on to tell them, “come to my woman’s breasts and take my milk for gall”; this indicates the extent to which her ambition is manipulating her, she is willing to give her breast milk to make poison.
The only way for Lady Macbeth fulfill her ambitions is by influencing Macbeth to murder King Duncan and take his throne away. Lady Macbeth manipulates Macbeth persuasively throughout their conversation: “When you durst do it, then you were a man; / And to be more than what you were, you would / Be so much more than man” (1.7, 50-52). Macbeth shows weakness and cowardly on trying to murder King Duncan. It proves how Lady Macbeth tries to corrupt him by doubting his manhood. It shows how badly Lady Macbeth is trying to persuade him to turn his loyalty away from Kind Duncan.
Macbeth is a play with a vast amount of dynamic and contrasting characters but of all of these, Lady Macbeth and Lady Macduff are the most prominent. Lady Macbeth’s power-hungry attitude, lack of children, and manipulative ways make her a complete opposite to the more traditional woman who Lady Macduff represents, being innocent, motherly, and at times, powerless. Shakespeare created these differences to bring light to the themes of his play and to add depth to this story of war and
Hecate is a part of the plan to harm Macbeth, but Hecate wanted to harm Macbeth even worse than the three witches. When the three witches met Hecate it appears that the three witches wanted to harm Macbeth. “ ]Hecate[ Have I not reason, beldams as you are, Saucy and overbold How did you dare To trade and traffic with Macbeth In riddles and affairs of death …” (William Shakespeare, page 106) Hecate declaring that the witches has just wracked her enjoyment of seeing Macbeth suffering and enduring pain. Hecate is saying that the witches are helping Macbeth, but the witches are not cause they planted the seed of ambition in his head. Meanwhile Lady Macbeth hates seeing her husband plummeting in troubles.
In his play, Shakespeare portrays Lady Macbeth as a strong, powerful woman who resists the normal gender roles. In one case, she talked to spirits when contemplating the murder of King Duncan. While doing so, she urged, “Come, you evil spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here…” (1.5.41-42). Markedly, Lady Macbeth is shown here in this dark scene, asking to be less like a woman; therefore, defying gender roles because
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.
She demands that “direst cruelty” assemble her. She assembles everything that is evil inside her body in order to complete the evil deed of killing Duncan. If she is missing form the story, the murder of Duncan would not take place. This is because during multiple parts in the story, Macbeth possesses terrible uncertainty of whether it is right to take the life of such a great king in order to obtain the power of the throne. Despite Macbeth doubting whether or not he should follow through with the assassination of Duncan, he is always convinced by Lady Macbeth that killing Duncan is appropriate.
She convinces him to commit the murder of King Duncan, as well as convinces him that murder is the only way to achieve their ambition. Rather than listening to his own conscience, which tells him to “...proceed no further in this business” (Shakespeare I.VII.34), Macbeth allows his wife to manipulate and convince him by accusing him of not being a man and expresses that she would “...dashed the brains out...”