Lady Macbeth Lady Macbeth is Macbeth´s wife. At the beginning of the play, she has a female traditional role, but when the plot starts to develop, she changes it. Thus, whenever it suits her she adapts a masculine role. She is shown as instigator in Macbeth´s downfall, inciting him to do the wrong things, and in some situations, she is thought to be a representation of evil. Lady Macbeth is very ambitious, and she “wants” to be a man, because men are supposed to be cruel.
Shakespeare is a remarkable author who liked to put tragedy to a new meaning. Through the tragic play: Macbeth, we follow Macbeth, through his ambition, greed, and manipulation that eventually brings him to his demise. As announced Thane of Cawdor, like the weird sisters have promised, he finds himself wondering if he will later be announced king. We find our tragic hero put to the test of good and bad, brought on by his wife. Through the theme of man and order versus disorder, we find Lady Macbeth manipulating our tragic hero to do the unspeakable.
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.
By ordering Macbeth to complete these actions, Lady Macbeth is in actual fact protecting him from the guilt and insanity that blood is often associated with, seen through many parts in the play. Lady Macbeth has no doubt that her husband has good intentions, rightfully so, she questions Macbeth being too “full of th’ milk” of human kindness” to murder. It could then be argued that Lady Macbeth is weary about the sight of innocent blood on Macbeth’s
I chose to do this paper and show the contrast and similarities of the women in King Lear, Cordelia, and Othello, Desdemona, along with the women who surrounded them. Also, to interpret the way Shakespeare wants the reader to view his intake on women. King Lear is a tragic story of deception between a King and his daughters. The roles of women is this story is both, loving and deceitful. How were two daughters, Goneril and Regan, so similar in their actions against their father, while the third Cordelia, was completely different in her own actions?
“Macbeth” is a Shakespearean play about the ruthless ambition of a thane and how he allows his ambition of becoming king to consume him until it leads to his undoing. At the centre of this play is the important relationship between Macbeth himself and his wife Lady Macbeth. Throughout this text we are shown how one decision can impact a relationship. Body Paragraph One: Making tough decisions can lead to multiple consequence including damaging a relationship. This is shown through Macbeth receiving a prophesy leaving him with an important decision.
What do your neighbors, your coworkers, your family all have in common? A powerful evil that lays deep within all humans, only to be released under the most heinous circumstances. This fact is clearly articulated in the works of world renowned authors Shakespeare and William Golding in their novels Macbeth and Lord of the Flies. Shakespeare 's Lady Macbeth and Golding 's Jack share many similar qualities in their path to success proving that if good people who begin with positive intentions become provoked by the lust for power, then ambition can get in the way of their moral compass and capability for making good decisions because of the evil which lays inside all mankind. Shakespeare 's Lady Macbeth is thought of as a murderous character who is lured by the temptation of power into committing violent acts.
But at the root of it all is the relationship between Macbeth and his Lady, whose lack of knowledge and faith in themselves drives them toward insanity and a horrific fate. Their relationship does not represent nature, Shakespeare grossly exaggerated his masculinity towards women. Many of Shakespeare 's characters in Macbeth are so confused that it almost makes you think that he was not certain of anything. He had troubled relationships with women, his wife, for instance, definitely had a great impact on his writing. Yet, Macbeth is a play about
Men imposed all of these characteristics on women as a strategic method to maintain an unlimited, unopposed power over women (Hall 23). Men wanted to keep women marginalized and mute to inhibit any intimidations or disturbances to the patriarchy. During the sixteenth century, the patriarchy in England constructed their definition of an ideal woman through religion. According to the story of creation, woman (Eve) is produced from man (Adam), consequently leading to her inferiority and submissiveness (Kelso 3). Further validation of women’s inferiority is presented in the story of “The Fall of Man”.
Furthermore, Lady Macbeth has a strong desire to neglect all of her femininity in order to gain strength and power. With these qualities she believes she will hold more power over Macbeth and his potential shot at becoming the king will be in her control. Once again, Lady Macbeth wants to rid all of her femininity, “I have given suck, and know how tender ‘tis that loves the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, have pluck’d my nimple from his bonless gums, and dash’d the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done to this” (1.7.30-32.) This quote shows Lady Macbeth’s ability to get rid of every ounce of femininity she posses. She is explaining how she had once loved a baby, but would kill him in a heartbeat for Macbeth and his potential success as king.