If it were only the witches' prophecies, then Macbeth would surely not have murdered Duncan. It was because Lady Macbeth constantly harassed her husband, that he was driven to commit all this evil. "... her blood thickened, her milk changed to gaul - into the inhuman, the distortion of nature..." (Ludwyk 233). This illustrates the complete metamorphosis of Lady Macbeth from a loving, beautiful, caring, kind wife to a ruthless, nasty, shrew of a woman. The women in this play distort Macbeth's intuition so much that he thinks he is doing the right thing.
King Lear 's eldest daughters take on the role as being "the ideal villains" ("Role of Women") who strives to embrace the power of the stronger "sex" from being to end. The deviant siblings only had an appetite for greed and were willing to crush anyone who steps in their way. Goneril is a ‘monster ' through the eyes of her own husband Albany( Lind ) because of her actions towards her father, while her own father compares her to an animal by stating she is nothing more than a "Detested kite" (Shakespeare 1.4.253 ), a vulture who preys on its victims. Her evil behavior and actions speak volume to her role and certainly reinforces Lear 's idea that greed turns people into animals. Lear sees Goneril as being nothing more than an ungratefully child with a beastly attitude (Lind).
The purpose of the charm is to implant in him the seed of evil and wrongdoing. Macbeth is originally shown as a loyal, slightly violent Scottish Thane. This initial observation is contradicted later on when Macbeth’s head is filled with visions of murdering his beloved king, a thought which he profoundly dismisses as horrible and frightening. Act 1 scene 3 where the witches are talking amongst themselves thoroughly “enumerates the miseries [the Weird Sister] will unleash upon [Macbeth]…” (Spencer 1). The witches cast another powerful spell later on when Macbeth is about to visit them for a second time.
In return MacBeth continually becomes more evil while Lady MacBeth guilty conscience slows her down. In the beginning of the play, Lady MacBeth is full of evil ambitions. These ambitions lead her to insanity and eventually death. In Lady MacBeth's first seen her character is portrayed as one that has been seized with evil intentions. Lady MacBeth deceptively convinces her husband to murder Duncan so she will become queen.
While playing the devil’s advocate, Lady MacBeth becomes disgusted with his actions. She reminds him of all the good that will come from their actions and what will become of him if they fail. Through the first act of MacBeth, Lady MacBeth is overtaken by the greed and the need for power. When her husband does not follow suit, she becomes a manipulator with a single goal; to become a royal. In addition to the art of manipulation, intimidation is one of Lady MacBeth’s strongest
She acts out of her role as she insults his manliness and declares that she would have “dash’d the brains out” (1.7.58) her child while it was feeding at her breast. This reveals her unwomanly characteristics as Lady Macbeth do not care for her children. At the same time, Lady Macbeth overrides the source of evil as she believes in witchcraft and calls for evil spirits for help. She state... ... middle of paper ... ...he manipulates her husband. This reveals that she controls and spurs Macbeth.
This goodness is first apparent at her introduction; as she reads the letter written to her by Macbeth. The letter tells of the three witches, whom Macbeth refers to as the weird sisters, and a prophecy regarding Macbeth’s future kingship. Immediately, Lady Macbeth desires the throne for her husband. Not only desire is felt, but also determination. Worried that Macbeth would not be capable of walking the quickest path to the throne, killing the current King Duncan, Lady Macbeth calls forth evil spirits to strip her of her weaker, feminine qualities.
It also sets the dark mood the play carries throughout the unfolding events. Act one starts with a battlefield scene, three witches becoming introduced, and Macbeth becoming the middle of importance right away. Macbeth is made thane of Cawdor which leads to a power hungry taste in Macbeth’s wife mind. She craves the idea of her husband going farther to be more powerful, and more controlling. Which thus leads to a devilish plan assassinating their King Duncan so her dear husband Macbeth can take the crown and throne.
"It is too full o' m' milk of human kindness" Even before Macbeth returns from battle Lady Macbeth begins to plot the murder, Lady Macbeth asks the evil spirits to take away her female sexuality and fill her with evil and no guilt "Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts! Unsex me here, and fill me up from the crown to the toe top-full of direst cruelty; make thick my blood, stop up the access and passage to remorse, that no compunctious visitings of nature." When Macbeth returns from battle she begins to bully Macbeth into committing the murder. She bullies him into the murder by telling him that she is more of a man than he his and calling him a coward. "I would, while it was smiling in my face, have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums, and dash'd the brains out."
Influence of the Witches and Lady Macbeth The last person you would expect to encourage you to commit a crime would be your wife. Macbeth is motivated by his wife and by three Witches and gradually becomes more ruthless, evil, and murderous as the play progresses. Lady Macbeth is first introduced in Act1 Scene 5: reading a letter receives from Macbeth describing the encounter with the Witches, and the prophecies which they given him. Lady Macbeth is very ambitious; believes that Macbeth is too kind and loyal to take the steps needed to become king. "Yet do I fear thy nature; it is too full o’ the milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way."