She made health care her cause and received criticism from the public as being too political and taking on too large an issue for a First Lady. She did so to be recognized around the nation as more than just a doting wife. Women have similarly fought to be heard in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. When Macbeth tells Lady Macbeth that three witches prophesied that he would become king, for example, she immediately devises a plan to manipulate Macbeth to murder Duncan, the current king, without any regard for Macbeth’s desire to let fate run its course. Lady Macbeth persuades Macbeth to murder Duncan because it is the only way she can be valued and heard in a time where women had virtually no rights.
It is only as the play progresses that we understand WHY she turns out to be the way that she is, that she has a very ambitious character and so enforces that upon her husband. She feels that Macbeth becoming king will benefit them both and sees killing the existing king as the fastest way to get to the throne. She then becomes gradually defeated as Macbeth’s ambition and obsession with becoming king begins to soar and spiral. She is then over-ridden with guilt and eventually feels that she cannot bear the guilt that torments her troubled mind and so decides to end it all.
Her thirst for power and disregard for life was shocking to the audience, as to her own husband. The moment she learns of the prophecies, she decides to stand behind Macbeth and see him to the throne. She is immediately set on her quest for more power. As it reads “Glamis thou art, and Cowador, and shalt be/ What thou art promised (1.5.13-14) This moment is crucial because it is the turning point where Lady Macbeth decides that she might have to kill to fulfill her quest for royalty. Macbeth is doubtful about their plan to kill King Duncan; however, she bombards him with comments that question his courage.
Unlike the love-sick Juliet, Lady Macbeth, was enriched with the most unusual powers, the most dominant energy, and serious affection that could manipulate her husband Macbeth (Jameson) She is, in fact, the reason everything took a wrong turn for the worst in the play. Without the character, Lady Macbeth, this play would be absolutely nothing. She is a very strong and a determined woman who makes sure things get done when she wants it to get done. She plays no games so that she will succeed in everything she does. Lady Macbeth is a manipulating character that bribes, lies and cheats to get where she wants to be.
When Iago’s values of ambition, cleverness and perceptive thinking turn into vices, not only do they become his own downfall, they also tear apart the lives of those around him. Perhaps at one point in his life, Iago’s values were attached to good intentions, but this is clearly not the case throughout the play. Vices are ingredients in this recipe for disaster and Iago’s values indeed became his destiny. When his values went wrong, so did he and Iago became inevitably destined for ruin.
Macbeth kills for the first time he has not choice but to conceal his wicked actions, and to have done this again because he is scared, of getting caught and having to repent of his crimes and could mean that his hunger for power became an obsessive trait, never satisfied with his current status. "vaulting ambition, which o'erleap”In the end he became a tyrant condemned by his own people leading him to his death. Macbeth's view of reality became twisted. He saw things in a way that only went his way. This distorted his judgment which lead him to make the wrong decisions.
She congregates everything that is evil inside her body in order to perform the evil deed of murdering Duncan. If Lady Macbeth is absent from the story, the murder of Duncan would not take place. This is so because during many parts of the story, Macbeth possesses uncertainty of whether it is righteous to take the life of such a great king in order to feed his hunger for power. Despite Macbeth doubting whether or not he should accept the murder of Duncan, he is always convinced by his wife that murdering Duncan is appropriate. Lady Macbeth even sees her husband’s weaknesses and uses his weaknesses to harass him into killing Duncan.
Macbeth Comparison Essay A quote which really defines Lady Macbeth and Macbeth’s ambition regarding power is “Power does not corrupt men; fools; however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power” George Bernard Shaw. Lady Macbeth is more ambitious in terms of gaining power then Macbeth is and that Lady Macbeth will do almost anything to gain power, even evil things that she normally wouldn’t do. This is shown when Macbeth and Lady Macbeth learn about the witches’ predictions, then roles in the plans to murder king Duncan in order to gain power and then finally after the murder, Macbeth doesn’t want to finish the plan making Lady Macbeth angry and causing a chance they might get caught and gain no power at all. Lady Macbeth shows more ambition then Macbeth does in terms of gaining power regarding kingship. When Macbeth finds out about the witches’ predictions and the first two coming true “Glamis, and thane of Cawdor: The greatest is behind” (1.3.124-125) meaning that he got a taste of power, making him thane of Glamis and thane of Cawdor making him more ambitious for the power to become king.
Yet I do fear thy nature;/It is too full o’th’milk of human kindness/To catch the nearest way: thou wouldst be great,/Art not without ambition, but without/The illness should attend it” (1.5.2-7). Here, Lady Macbeth is acknowledging that Macbeth is ambitious; however, he lacks the nerve to take action for his goals. Her thoughts immediately turn to murder as she prompts Macbeth to strike quickly with voracity. Macbeth is not as innately cruel so these principles have to be nailed into him by his wife. When the opportunity arrives for Macbeth to usurp the throne, Lady Macbeth lays out the entire scheme to capture the throne.
Its like they say, “great minds think alike”. It’s scary when the great minds belong to devious people. When Macbeth arrives at his castle Lady Macbeth tells him to wear a friendly face and leave the plotting up to her. However, when Macbeth decides against killing the king, Lady Macbeth is outraged. She appeals to his ambition and pride while at the same time mocking his masculinity until she persuades him to persevere in her plot to kill the king.