Since the witches’ prediction about him becoming Thane of Cawdor had already come true, Macbeth felt very little desire to chase after the throne. Lady Macbeth, on the other hand, wanted her husband to pursue the rank by murdering King Duncan instead of waiting to receive it. The idea that a woman, who were considered inferior and powerless compared to men during shakespeare's time, would be the responsible for such violent conflict in the play was unusual. Because she was still unsure of her thoughts, Lady Macbeth prayed that her womanly features would be removed in order to gain more, at the time, manly qualities; such as violence and ambition. “...unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the top-full of direst cruelty.” (Act I, Scene V) This decision was not an easy one, for it meant that Lady Macbeth would no longer be able to give birth to any children, thus resulting in the end of their blood line. In the spur of the moment, Lady Macbeth trusted that her decision was the best, even though she was completely blinded by her desire. She was willing to change her gentle, womanly features for those of a man’s. Once her ambition began to grow, it affected Lady Macbeth’s morals, because it allowed her believe that killing King Duncan was acceptable, since it would fulfill the witches’ prophecy. Her amount of ambition caused Lady Macbeth to not only have a troublesome introspection of her identity, but also let her conceive a heinous crime against her
In the play of Macbeth, Shakespeare introduces the main character, through the eyes of the one who knows him best, his wife. Lady Macbeth displays to the audience all of Macbeth’s weaknesses; her ambition to have power becomes her husband’s and this will bring out Macbeth’s ambition to be king. She also proves that the strong may become the weak and the weak may become the strong. Lady Macbeth is a main character in this play because she introduces Macbeth and helps the reader to understand his character. At the start of the play she seems to be the more ruthless of the two. When the reader is first introduced to Lady Macbeth she is already planning the death of King Duncan. In order for her to have the courage to do the deed and ask that all woman emotions be removed from her, “Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full Of direst cruelty! (p 257)” She is a key factor in this play because she links the male soul to the female body, showing that ambition can lead to violence.
Since the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth’s obsession is to become powerful. Lady Macbeth has a conversation that ultimately leads to the death of Macbeth. When Lady Macbeth and her husband Macbeth was given what their future beholds, Lady Macbeth was committed to the crimes the second it came out of the three witch’s mouth. In the other hand, Macbeth was nervous to do a crime right after he had just been crowned thane of Cawdor. Instantly, Lady Macbeth was quick to reassure him, so it would benefit her wants and so called “needs” of becoming powerful. Towards the beginning of Act I, (I.VII.1-28) Lady Macbeth began to make Macbeth feel as if he were a coward, “What beast wasn’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. Nor time nor place did then adhere, and yet you would make both. They have made themselves, and that their fitness now does unmake you. I have given suck, and know how tender ’tis to love the babe that milks me. I would, while it was smiling in my face, have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums and dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done to this.” Shakespeare put the character Lady Macbeth to demonstrate how people use manipulation to get what they want. Nowadays, you see that celebrities will create a problematic situation that leads to inheriting a title that holds power. Lady Macbeth is no doubt a person who speaks freely and wants what she demands. Shakespeare inserted text describing how Lady Macbeth used manipulation to gain status, because of her desires to be married to a King. It's not new that people use certain advantages to receive what they want. Lady Macbeth’s high achieving personality does the job well. Her persuasion
Firstly, Lady Macbeth is a highly perseverant and proactive individual. She enjoys taking control to advance in life rather than to let situations occur themselves. This is prevalent when she states “that i may pour my spirits in thine ear and chastise with the valour of my tongue” meaning she will persuade Macbeth to assassinate the King Duncan even though he is very kind. She has a craving for power and when she hears Macbeth might become King, she will do anything to receive that position. Also when Macbeth tells her that he cannot kill Duncan she provokes him by calling him a coward and not manly. This is how Lady Macbeth controls him to do what she desires.
She pushes Macbeth into committing regicide for her own gain. She would do anything to make Macbeth king, even though Macbeth doesn’t want to kill the king. Lady Macbeth is blinded by her lust for power; she convinces her husband to kill King Duncan, undeterred by his belief that regicide is a serious crime and it’s potential to disrupt the Chain of Being. Lady Macbeth is unwavering and determined as nothing can turn her from her plotted course until her goal is reached. In Act 1 Scene 7, Lady Macbeth says to her husband, “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…I know how tender ’tis to love the babe…I would have dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done to this.” She proves to her husband that nothing can discourage her from achieving her goal. She wishes to be more masculine and strong; and says that if she had been a man, she would have killed King Duncan herself. In a thesis essay written by Taralyn MacMulle, she wrote that, “In Lady Macbeth’s famous “unsex me” speech, she demands the forces of evil to neuter her, to free her of gender, and the frailty of womanhood… Lady Macbeth is the dominant figure in the relationship [as she] constantly questions Macbeth’s manhood.” Lady Macbeth teases Macbeth and tries to help him increase his self-confidence. In Act 1, Scene 7, he asks, "If we should fail?” Lady
At the beginning of the play Lady Macbeth is shown as a strong independent woman that has almost no morals and thinks only of herself. As soon as Lady Macbeth learns there is a possibility of Macbeth becoming King and her becoming Queen, she prepares herself to become a killer. “Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here; And fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full Of direst cruelty.” In this quote Lady Macbeth is asking the spirits to fill her from head to toe with cruelty, making her less like a woman and more like a man who can commit an evil deed. During the beginning of the play she bosses Macbeth around and persuades him to kill the King even after he had changed his mind. “When you durst do it, then you were
Ambition took a hold of Macbeth, so much that he was willing to hurt anyone in his quest to power, without thinking of the consequences of his action. At the beginning of the play Macbeth is seen as a “brave” (I, ii, 18) and “worthy” (I, ii, 26) general, who a loyal subject of the king. Macbeth gives his loyalty and respect towards Duncan, because he believes that “The rest is labor which is not used for you” (I, iv, 50). This was his strong belief until the witches gives him the prophecy and the opportunity to become king of Scotland. Lady Macbeth made herself the voice of this ambition by justifying it and so, in a way she represents Macbeth’s own desire to have “solely sovereign sway and masterdom” (I, v, 77). When he acted upon this ambition
Lady Macbeth sees that Macbeth fears killing Duncan, she knows that if he fears to follow with the plan their thirst for power would be in vain, in order to provoke Macbeth and instigate in him the courage to murder Duncan she assumes the traditional male role of aggressor, to challenge his manhood and she even go further mocking him by defining him as womanish ("too full o'th'milk of human kindness" [Act
Shakespeare’s relatable literature questions Elizabethan hierarchy and morals while respecting society’s parameters. Macbeth exhibits a prime example exploring social issues such as relativity between cruel behavior and masculinity. Protagonists Macbeth and Lady Macbeth conflict with idealology acceptable for Renaissance noble families. By exploring femininity, gender stereotypes, and allusions to Greek mythology, Shakespeare investigates relativity between cruel behavior and masculinity. Macbeth stands as a tragedy through the ages to question stereotypes and how they affect lives in Elizabethan England, and today.
Lady Macbeth progresses throughout the play from a seemingly savage and heartless creature to a very delicate and fragile woman. In the beginning of the play, she is very ambitious and hungry for power. She pushes Macbeth to kill Duncan in order to fulfill the witches’ prophecy. In Act I, Scene 6, she asks the gods to make her emotionally strong like a man in order to help her husband go through with the murder plot. She says, “Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full Of direst cruelty!” Also, she does everything in her power to convince Macbeth that he would be wrong not to kill Duncan. In Act I, Scene 7, she tells him, “What beast was’t then That mad...