Ambition can be used for good or evil. At the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth uses her ambition for cruelty and wants to gain power. Lady Macbeth shows her cruelty by saying, “Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe topful of direst cruelty!” (1.5.38--41). What she means by this is that if Macbeth is too scared and cowardly to kill Duncan then she wishes that she was not a woman so that she could do it herself.
In the play of Macbeth, there are some characters that could be responsible for Duncan’s death. I personally think Lady Macbeth is the cause of Duncan's murder. She is the most ambitious to kill the king in the beginning of the play, pressuring Macbeth. Lady Macbeth was persuasive of driving Macbeth to commit the murder. She manipulates him to go through with the murder even though he was very doubtful about it.
There comes a point in life where some people are faced with an opportunity to do an illegal act. Macbeth is faced with a chance to end King Duncan’s life and to become King himself, as Lady Macbeth had just come to him and made him aware of her plans to murder Duncan. In Macbeth’s soliloquy during Act I scene VII, he uses an apprehensively foreboding tone to convey how conflicted he is to the readers. The purpose of this speech is for Macbeth to explain why killing Duncan is a horrible idea. Also, Macbeth’s faith in the three witches is a big reason he decides to do and they are why Lady Macbeth created the idea to kill the King.
“My hands are of my color, but I shame to wear a heart so white”. (Act II, scn ii, 63-65) Macbeth ends up killing Duncan and instead of him leaving the daggers with the guards, he brings them back with him. Lady Macbeth then takes it upon herself to take the daggers back to the scene of the murder. She does not want to look like a coward like Macbeth.
Throughout the story of Macbeth, Macbeth’s ambition for power, provoked by his significant other, Lady Macbeth, and the witches’ prophecies consumed his life. At first he committed murder against King Duncan so he could become king himself, but the one murder had a domino affect. Although ambition can be a positive attribute for someone to acquire, Macbeth’s ambition began in Act One and proved dangerous as his death approached in Act Five. In Act One of Macbeth, Macbeth and Banquo meet three witches that tell them three prophecies.
She insults him and calls him a coward while also questioning his manhood which makes Macbeth come to a realization that not killing the king is the way of a coward and he is motivated to carry out the plan and murder the king because of Lady Macbeth’s insults and speech that she gives him. By successfully persuading Macbeth into murdering the king this shows that Lady Macbeth is controlling towards people and she can be a very manipulative person. It shows that she is the type of person that gets things done by manipulating other people to do her dirty work for her. Lady Macbeth can simply achieve her own goals by getting into anyone’s head and turning their own conscience against them in, which is essentially what she did to her husband. Macbeth would have never went through with killing King Duncan if Lady Macbeth had never persuaded him because he really does have a soft heart and is good and honorable.
As the guilt gets too much for her, Lady Macbeth ends her life. In the 1983 and 2010 adaptations of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is expressed as a harsh manipulating character. Dark lighting and ominous settings are used to express this in all Lady Macbeth scenes. In Act 1 Scene 7 when Lady Macbeth is convincing Macbeth to murder Duncan she uses a hard tone and very angry language to exploit Macbeth.
Her idea is to kill the current king Duncan by getting him drunk and murdering him in his sleep. Macbeth hesitates to perform this action, and Lady Macbeth responds to his uncertainty, “when you durst do it, then you were a man;/ And to be more than what you were, you would/ Be so much more the man.” (I.vii.56-58) This quote proves how Lady Macbeth believes that in order to be a man, Macbeth needs to kill Duncan to show how he is valiant and indomitable therefore elucidating the impression that Lady Macbeth’s definition of a man is being strong and courageous. Macbeth continues to be fearful and replies, “If we should fail [this murder?]” (I.vii.68).
Macbeth is responsible for his destruction because in life we make our own decisions however he was heavily influenced by the three witches and Lady Macbeth. The witches foretell Macbeth becoming king and Lady Macbeth persuades him to kill the king, which backfires on her. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth can be compared to Ahab and Jezebel in the Bible in that they both got selfish and went after things that would catch up with them and cost them their lives. Macbeth is ultimately responsible for the decisions he made but he was first influenced by the three witches visiting him telling him he would be king.
On many occasions she rules her husband and dictates his actions. Although near the end of the play Lady Macbeth’s personality and strength begins to deteriorate. Later committing suicide after having many detailed memories and thoughts from the murder. Shakespeare not only shows how guilt can change a person’s personality but he also portrays untraditional gender roles.
Lady Macbeth is the Real Murder People can be persuasive to do thing based on others influences. These people are typically close to them and may even be related. In the play Macbeth no is closer to each other like Lady Macbeth and Macbeth. And even though people are responsible for our actions, they may not always be responsible for what made them do those actions. Although in the play Macbeth many people think that Macbeth is the one who is responsible for all the murders it is truly Lady Macbeth because of the influence that she puts on Macbeth and the verbal torment she gave him before murdering King Duncan.
In Shakespeare’s, thirteenth century tragic play, Macbeth, Macbeth brutally murders several people throughout the tale. Lady Macbeth, sees his evil deeds as zealous and fortifies him. Although Macbeth is the one who commits the actual malefaction of murder and treason, Lady Macbeth is fully responsible for his actions, and should take all the inculpation. She feels evil ambition from the very beginning, and she manipulates Macbeth into carrying out the crime by assuring him that his actions are impeccably justified and he should not feel guilty for his actions. Macbeth blames Lady Macbeth for all his erroneous doings after she dies.
Ambition is a powerful emotion in an individual's mind. It can benefit them or drastically hurt them. I have noticed in the play, “Macbeth” by WIlliam Shakespeare, that most of the important characters, especially Lady Macbeth, are very ambitious people. Once Lady Macbeth hears about the witches prophecies, her ambition takes over her conscience. She never thought twice about murdering the king: “yet I do fear thy nature; it is too full o’ the milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way,” (I.V.15-17) she wanted Macbeth to kill Duncan but feared he was too nice and too loyal to his king.
William Shakespeare’s literary work is still being taught in schools today because of the twisted plot stories and peculiar characters. Throughout the course of time, the greed for power and wealth has allowed people to entirely revise their natural ruling methods and a lot of William Shakespeare’s work revolved around these themes. When a person comes close to achieving a sense of control, all moral implications are completely manipulated as the greed becomes overwhelmingly consuming. Friends and family become enemies to be eliminated and trust is replaced with the paranoia that their once beloved friends are in competition for the very things they have attained themselves. This power corruption that settles in an individual's mind has seen
In William Shakespeare's “Macbeth”, Lady Macbeth is responsible for King Duncan's death. Although other characters contributed to the death of king Duncan, such as Macbeth and the witches, Lady Macbeth is the most influential. After reading the letters Lady Macbeth believes the only way for Macbeth to get the crown is to kill Duncan. The three witches play an important role in the king's death, are not as responsible as Lady Macbeth, the witches never told Macbeth that he must kill the king in order for the prophecies to come trueLady Macbeth believes the king must die, from as soon as she learns of the witches prophecies.