The Evil Lady Macbeth

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The Evil Lady Macbeth In Shakespeare's play, "Macbeth", there is a definite difference between male and female roles. Women were not to hear violent information nor speak their minds. Although Macbeth committed the murders himself, Lady Macbeth was the driving force and evil behind him, making her more responsible. She drives her husband to perform the murder and therefore is more to blame than Macbeth. Lady Macbeth possess more dominant characteristics in the relationship and uses them against Macbeth, pressuring him into murdering King Duncan. Depending on the version of "Macbeth" and how it was presented, Lady Macbeth came across as strong and forceful in her choice of words. Prior to Macbeth's very first murder of King Duncan, Macbeth had been second guessing himself about whether or not he would follow through with his initial plan. After the dinner party he had hosted Macbeth states, "We will proceed no further in this business. He hath honored me of late, and I have bought Golden opinions from all sorts of people" (I. VII. 32-34). This shows the audience that Macbeth decided not to murder the king because the king thought highly of him. King Duncan was the man whom Macbeth was to protect, his job was to be his host. The audience then hears the harsh words of Lady Macbeth, who questions her husband's manliness. As her words are recognized by Macbeth, he does not show hurt. He tries to explain that a man was to honor his king, not steel the glory from him. As Macbeth becomes more insulted by his evil wife, he gives into the idea of becoming the king himself, he would have all of the land and be honored by all of the people. Here, Lady Macbeth has convinced and pressured her husband into murdering their guest. Throughout th... ... middle of paper ... ...ers of what she has caused. Through the course of the play Macbeth continued to murder whoever he thought could have an effect on his title. He continued the course of action by killing his best friend, Banquo, and Macduff's harmless family to simply ensure his position to the throne. Lady Macbeth is responsible for her husband's actions and what has become of him. She is held accountable for his later murders as well because her forceful nature was the cause of the repeating pattern. If every character had the chance to be Macbeth, they too could not help but think of what would be necessary in order for them to be the highly ranked king and ruler of the land. Although Macbeth expressed feelings to kill Duncan, Lady Macbeth was the driving force behind him because she would not lay the idea to rest. She thirsts for the power and the riches of the royalty life.

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