Lady Macbeth Character Analysis

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Lady Macbeth is one of the most important factors of Macbeth’s inevitable is downfall. Throughout their time together in the play, Lady Macbeth is portrayed as a goading, emasculating figure to Macbeth pressuring him into things he wouldn’t normally act on. This is highlighted when Macbeth starts to change his mind about the murder, "hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been, so clear in his great office" In contrast, Lady Macbeth shows optimum strength in this scene. She undermines Macbeth and provoking and questioning his manhood. "And live a coward in thine own esteem" this makes the audience infer of Lady Macbeth's corrupt ambition and the extent to which she would go to, in order for her to satisfy her needs. “ look like th’innocent flower, but be the serpent under’t” Lady Macbeth has answers to all aspects of killing Duncan. Commanding Macbeth to act, such as, to show no suspicion when they commence the plan. She convinces Macbeth that he won't be caught as the perpetrator behind the murder, giving him a peace of mind removing some of his doubts as Lady Macbeth has planned to accuse Duncan's “spongy officers, who shall bear guilt" Macbeth, at first deciding against the murder, surprisingly was persuaded very quickly to go through with it. If he really hadn't wanted to go through with the murder he would have put up a bit more defiance. Lady Macbeth has a strong influence on him and she knows how to use it for her convenience and has a meticulously thought out plan again, implying that she is a cold heartless killer and is tenacious The audience again see Lady Macbeth's manner of putting Macbeth under her authority as she says the crown is the 'ornament of life' and not striving to seek implying it would be an act of weakn... ... middle of paper ... ...s ambition becomes unstable. 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. Through Macbeth's constant need to fulfil his ambition he became very involved with himself. The wrong decisions that he made resulted in his tragic demise. These traits developed throughout the play with no control over his ambition, unfortunately leading to his downfall.
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