She persuades Macbeth into murdering Duncan. Macbeth was reluctant to commit the murder. During Lady Macbeth and Macbeth’s conversation he mentioned, “If we should fail?” (1:7 59) and Lady Macbeth replied with a long statement explaining that they will not fail. Lady Macbeth and Macbeth then configured their plan: Lady Macbeth was to make the guards drunk and ring the bell once it is safe for Macbeth to go kill King Duncan. Once Macbeth completed his mission, he went back to Lady Macbeth with the bloody daggers and proudly stated, “I have done the deed.
Before he makes his way home, Macbeth sends a letter to Lady Macbeth stating the happenings with the witches and the message of the king for him; after the witches tell Macbeth of his fate, they vanish into thin air and the messenger of the king comes with the news, confirming the prophecy concerning being the Thane of Cawdor. Lady Macbeth is aware that the path to power is through bloodshed, which she approves and encourages Macbeth to accomplish while they receive King Duncan as a guest in their house. In a scene where Macbeth and Lady Macbeth talk on how they should approach the situation, Macbeth says that he cannot follow through with this scheme for it is against the law of honor to murder a king who has done a country nothing but good and is acting as an honored guest. Lady Macbeth then replies “was the hope drunk Wherein you dressed yourself? Hath it slept since?
Macbeth is tempted to kill Duncan because he likes the idea of being king. Once he informs Lady Macbeth of the prophecy, she is hooked on the idea. She tells him to stop being a coward. She wants to do it herself so that she feels more like a man. At first, Macbeth was hesitant about killing the king because he knew that King Duncan is a great ruler.
With that being said, it is clear that Lady Macbeth is more responsible for the Death of King Duncan. As stated in the last paragraph, Lady Macbeth had convinced Macbeth to kill the King, when Macbeth was clearly hesitant about the whole situation. When Macbeth tells his wife, instead of being understanding, like a normal wife, Lady Macbeth says, “ Was the hope drunk Wherein you dressed yourself? Hath it slept since?” (1.7.36-37). By saying this Lady Macbeth is insulting and manipulating Macbeth into following through with his plans.
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.
She also challenges his love toward her if he is not following her opinions in which is to kill Duncan and take over his power. From this point, Lady Macbeth is demonstrated as a driving force of Macbeth’s evil actions and she encourages him to achieve power using evil and violent actions. After that, Lady Macbeth’s
Harding endured shocking abuse by her mother and husband. Whilst, Macbeth is manipulated by his wife to continue to kill and preserve his power. After Macbeth retracts his decision and decides not to kill King Duncan, Lady Macbeth questions her husband’s masculinity: “What beast was’t, then, / That made you break this enterprise to me? / 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” (1.7.29). In this quotation, Lady Macbeth tells her husband he would be more of a man if he goes through with the murder, and keeps his word.
Meanwhile Lady Macbeth hates seeing her husband plummeting in troubles. Lady Macbeth is supporting Macbeth to be a man and fight his hallucinations. Even though, the witches did not tell Macbeth that he should kill the king, but the witches made Macbeth more ambitious. When the witches told Macbeth that Macbeth should be the king, Macbeth became ambitious that he
His fear of people taking his power and crown fueled his ambition to kill the people who used to be closet to him. However, throughout the play, Macbeth is greatly influenced by other characters such as Lady Macbeth and the Weird Sisters. Lady Macbeth effects Macbeth 's decision in the murder of King Duncan.
With the idea of Macbeth becoming king, this also means that lady Macbeth will be presented with the title of Queen. As the story progresses the reader learns that Lady Macbeth's actions are equally as terrible as the crimes committed by Macbeth. These crimes all have to do with the couple’s devoted love for power. Lady Macbeth persuades her husband to commit murder and fulfill his ambition. Persuasion is a powerful and threatening tool against those who are weak.