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.
This is a sign of Macbeth’s dirty conscious. Although Macbeth’s conscious is in this state, it becomes overridden by his ambition for power. Even while knowing killing someone is sinful, he still murders his beloved king and friend, Duncan. Without Lady Macbeth pressuring him the way she did, Macbeth will not gain the ambition and immense strive for power he does
One example is how is easily persuaded by Lady Macbeth to commit such a heinous crime, and murder their King. After, that their downfall begins because they are both so plagued by guilt it starts to affect them both mentally and physically. The first hallucination that Macbeth experienced was the floating dagger that he claimed to Lady Macbeth, led him to King Duncan the night he murdered him (Shakespeare, 2.1.40-46). Then when Macbeth returns to his wife after murdering King Duncan, he asks her if she has heard any strange noises. Macbeth then goes on to explain how, “There’s one did laugh in’s sleep, and one cried, ‘murder!’
Lady Macbeth puts on a fierce and intimidating front but proves incapable of the egregious act of murder. Macbeth, however, actually commits murder and determines to do any vile deed to fight for the crown. He holds this disposition even until the point of death, unlike Lady Macbeth who dies repentant. Macbeth’s murderous actions and attitude prior to death ultimately demonstrate that he is the worse villain of the
After Lady Macbeth’s reaction to Macbeth’s letter he wrote to her about the prophecies, readers started to understand what kind of character Lady Macbeth was. Of course with her being the plotting character in the crime scene, it is obvious she is the more evil character. Never once did she question herself to not go along with the plan, unlike Macbeth.
In conclusion Lady MacBeth and Cassius show similarities between the role they play. Lady MacBeth trying to persuade MacBeth into killing King Duncan for the benefit of the both of them. Cassius being the leader of the group of conspirators and persuading Brutus to join even if he was one of Caesar 's good friends. In the end MacBeth loses her sanity and her mental condition worsen.
Without this prediction, Macbeth wouldn’t have even thought about killing Duncan to become king. Lady Macbeth also play a big part in Duncan’s murder. Not only is she the one who committed the deed, but she taunts Macbeth by mocking him, “Was the hope drunk; Wherein you dressed yourself?” Questioning his love for her, “Was the hope drunk; wherein you dressed yourself?"2, doubting his love for her "Such I account
Additionally, this question relates back to the idea of Macbeth being deceptive and manipulative. He’s passing off the murder of King Duncan to an inadvertent act, as we see in the next line, “The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee.” (2.1.34) By claiming to not understand the situation, Macbeth uses these questions to make us believe that he is fulfilling the inevitable as outlined by the witches.
It is a symbol of guilt, and how when you do things this bad, the guilt can really never leave you. Guilt was indirectly the downfall of Macbeth, and was the downfall of Lady Macbeth. After killing Duncan, Macbeth proceeds to kill the guards, a totally logical move. But he then says that he killed the guards placing himself under the suspicion of many. He tries to save himself but still Macduff and others are suspicious of him.
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.
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.
While both of them are involved in the killing, Lady Macbeth is strictly responsible for the attack. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are equally evil characters, and Lady Macbeth is the one responsible for the murder because she convinces Macbeth to commit the crime and makes the arrangements for the killing. Lady Macbeth uses different tactics and words to
This is done by condemning her husband’s biggest insecurity; his manhood. She states that Macbeth would be “So much more the man.” (Shakespeare, trans. 2012, 1.7.58 if he were to follow through with the plan. Lady Macbeth even points out that she herself would kill her own baby as a means to reach her goals.
Second, Macbeth is aware of his tragic flaw, but he does not choose to better himself. Lastly, although being influenced by the witches, Macbeth makes the choice to believe in the witches and to take certain actions. To begin with, Macbeth is greatly influenced by Lady Macbeth. She “is depicted by Shakespeare as an equal of Macbeth in the realm of ambition and ruthlessness; without her, in fact, Macbeth 's courage may never have reached the ‘sticking-place’” (Moss & Wilson 7).
Thus, Lady Macbeth is the direct cause of Macbeth 's criminal behaviors. First of all, Lady Macbeth instigates and incentives Macbeth to commit murder Duncan to achieve their ambition. Lady Macbeth, the only one female in Macbeth. She is a prime woman who always ask her husband to follow her mind. For example, after Lady Macbeth getting the letter of Macbeth will be the king, Macbeth tells Ducan will go to their house and leave the day after today.