Throughout the course of history, the covetousness for power and riches has led to the cruel or unusual behaviour by many. Greed has caused wars, murders, and other atrocities to occur in our past, and still they continue today. The obsession with power that leads to the fall of great characters is evident within the play Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare. Lady Macbeth’s infatuation with power leads to her manipulating her husband’s actions, and therefore contributes heavily to Macbeth’s downfall. By destroying Macbeth’s masculinity, instilling greed into him, and absolving him of guilt, Lady Macbeth is a main contributor to Macbeth’s descent.
We watch with pleasure as their horrible actions lead to their ultimate destruction. Lady Macbeth makes the choice to, as one source put it, lose her womanly virtues and become what she thinks is a man. It is this choice that leads to her unknowingly helping the witches in their desire to destroy Macbeth and ultimately her as well. She changes from a woman sure of these decisions to woman riddled with fear, corrupted in all possible manner – mind body and soul. Her ambition and power lead to her destruction.
In Shakespeare's Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is the main reason that Macbeth is transformed from a noble, respected Thane into a ruthless, murderous character. Lady Macbeth fuels his inner desire for power and brings forth his greed and ambition, which both eventually lead to his downfall. The tactics that Lady Macbeth use to drive her husband to this downfall are manipulation, dominance, and her evil nature. Lady Macbeth manipulates Macbeth into believing that he is a coward and a bad husband, which persuades him to agree to the murder of King Duncan. She dwells on the fact that he is a coward, when she says "My hands are of your colour, but I shame/ to wear a heart so white" (2.2.64-65).
Lady Macbeth is also caught in the depths of deception and eventually kills herself. Therefore, it is obvious that the main characters of Shakespeare's Macbeth are all negatively affected by the recurring theme of deception. Throughout the play, Lady Macbeth uses her ability to mislead others in many ways. First of all, she decides to use deception to push her husband's ambition to be king. ...Hie thee hither, that I may pour my spirits in thine ear, and chastise with the valour of my tongue all that impedes thee from the golden round...(1.5.25-28) Lady Macbeth believes that, to be successful in his ambitions, Macbeth must rise above his goodness and accept her evil ways.
The Influence of Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare's Macbeth In Shakespeare's tragedy, Macbeth, is seen as a courageous soldier who is loyal to the King but is corrupted by the witches prophecies and by Lady Macbeth's and his own ambition. This is because of the weakness of Macbeth's character and the strong power of Lady Macbeth as she is easily able to influence him. Her strength motivates him at the start but after he realizes what he has done it is himself that continues in his murderous, bloody path. At the beginning of the play Lady Macbeth appears as a kind wife but underneath lies a scheming and treacherous woman. Both Macbeth and his wife go through many changes throughout the course of this play.
The scene also reveals a lot about the two characters, more specifically Lady Macbeth, a woman driven her assertiveness, boldness, strength and ambition for her husband that could not escape the guilt that eventually caught up to her and eventually destroyed her. Furthermore, Shakespeare suggested a major theme throughout the play, the constant theme of evil and corruption. The play portrays how evil deeds lead to moral corruption and that once one chooses the path of evil, the temptation to keep going and commit more evil deeds is inevitable and unavoidable.
Deceitful Lady Macbeth Lady Macbeth’s wicked character has an extreme impact towards her husband. Lady Macbeth is responsible for influencing her husband to commit both crimes; she unleashes the dark side of him and motivates him to become an evil and horrendous man. In various parts throughout the story we find that Lady Macbeth strives beyond limits to be converted into a bitter and sour women. The audience is revolted by her horrific actions and although she may seem repugnant, she is an extremely talented actor. In her role, having a deceitful and convincing character is important We start to see Lady Macbeth’s actions have a huge impact on Macbeth’s character as he transforms from a decent being to an overly bitter creature.
In the scene known as the closet scene we can see Hamlet and Gertrude alone altogether. He starts with an accusation “You are the queen, your husband’s brother’s wife...” Shakespeare uses such language in order to strengthen Hamlet’s character, which tries to trap Gertrude, informing her of the incestuous performed by her with her husband’s brother. This dialogue in its own sense creates the atmosphere and the theme of the scene. Gertrude in her own self does fear Hamlet “What will thou do? Thou will not murder me...” this emphasises on the fear held within Gertrude, maybe it is the body language or rather face expressions of Hamlet towards Gertrude which causes to outbreaks the fear within her.
Macbeth proceeds to talk a soliloquy in which he says his position on the murder plan. He confesses his guiltiness for backstabbing his king and a guest in his house. He ends his soliloquy with “Vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself, and falls on th’other” (1.7.26-29). He is only motivated by ambition but he knows it will lead to disaster. Lady Macbeth is fully aware of Macbeth’s ambition and proceeds to c... ... middle of paper ... ... Macbeth is weak and easily swayed as well as thirsty for power.
Nevertheless, it was her distinct characteristics and actions which ultimately catalysed the chain of conflicts of the play. Again, this reinforces her important role in the play. Ambitious Lady Macbeth was “choked with ambition”. Her infatuation to be queen is the single feature that Shakespeare developed far beyond that of her counterpart in the historical story he used as his source. Lady Macbeth persistently taunts her husband for his lack of courage, even though we know of his bloody deeds on the battlefield.