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
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?
Towards the end of the play, Lady Macbeth expresses her humanity unlike when she wished for a more “manly” husband. Due to Macbeth increasing acts of violence, he becomes less guilty, and more power absorbed. Lady Macbeth is less involved in Macbeth’s plans, and becomes more worried and innocent to Macbeth. Macbeth continues to kill, but starts to kill innocent people who did not pose as a threat to him and his power. A messenger visits the Macduffs and warns them saying, “I doubt some danger does approach you nearly” (4.2.73).
Lady Macbeth who lusts for power and position. She affects in a negative way. Also, Macbeth couldn’t show his feelings, and what he thinks about killing Duncan. For example, she tries to persuade him to kill the king when she says, “what beast was ‘t, then, that made you break this enterprise to me?” So, lady Macbeth makes her husband more nervous and angry to kill his brother (the king).
Macbeth, a conflicted character, changes throughout The Tragedy of Macbeth. The challenge of wanting the title of King of Scotland lives within Macbeth. This caused him to make irrational decisions that eventually lead to his downfall. Deserving respect, craving power, and staying determined are qualities that Macbeth possesses and cycles through during the play. At the start of the play, Macbeth was known as a respectable and honest soldier.
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.
Although Macbeth begins to wonder how he could achieve becoming king. Murder comes to mind, although Macbeth does not approve of the option, he keeps it one. Proving Macbeth has ambition to improve himself and desires to become king. But Macbeth begins to have a murderous ambition, which will lead to a negative outcome. Continuing with Macbeth 's murderous ambition, Macbeth has a personal battle about the obstacles he must face to become King.
Macbeth contemplates killing the king; “If good, why do I yield to that suggestion whose horrid image doth unfix my hair, and make my seated heart knock at my ribs, against the use of nature?” (1.3.134-137) It is evident that Macbeth’s ambition is getting the best of him because he is already considering committing regicide to get what he wants. “The Macbeth witches are essential to the plot of Macbeth because they provide Macbeth’s ‘call to action’. Their prophesies drive his thirst for power and enable Lady Macbeth to pursue her own ambitions.” (Jamieson n.p) As outlined in this quote, the witches are the ‘fuel to the fire’ and directly use his susceptibility to suggestion to drive his motive to be king. The witches take advantage of Macbeth’s character and uses his flaws to lead to his death. Although the three weird sisters do not explicitly tell Macbeth to kill the king, they tempt him in a non direct way.
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.
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.