Manipulation Of Lady Macbeth

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Shakespeare wanted to conceive Lady Macbeth in being a strong, more powerful wife than any other. Her behaviour shows that women can be cruel to men. It doesn’t have to be the other way round. Lady Macbeth uses words such as “foolish woman” or “coward” to show that Macbeth is edgy. When the three witches had met with Macbeth, and then he had told his wife, he did not feel sure that murdering the King was right, although he was the King’s savior. When Lady Macbeth hears about the news, she awakens, starts to plot Duncan’s murder and backstabbs Macbeth to kill him. She tells him to ‘be a man and go get what he wants’. At this point, Macbeth doesn’t have a choice. When she thinks that she can kill the King, she cries, “Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex…show more content…
She was comparing him to a grandmother because of his behaviour at the banquet. In this play, the manhood is symbolized as the weakness. The weakness and lack of braveness Macbeth has to stand up for himself when he is constantly back-stabbed by Lady Macbeth. Macbeth seems small, he is called a coward and is an embarrassment to his wife when he is unable to kill Duncan the King. Macbeth doesn't seem to be anything but a scared coward who cannot stand for himself. He couldn’t even tell Lady Macbeth that he had killed Banquo. Even though Lady Macbeth helped to plot Duncan's murder, stereotypes of men and women in the time period make the men not expect and act of murder from a woman. The quotation, “Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between the effect and it” was said by Lady Macbeth showing foreshadowing. It makes it sound like she is about to do something evil. Here, she is trying to show that she doesn’t need a man, she can do it on her own. By not telling Macbeth what she is doing, she is rebelling against him and everything he has already
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