Macbeth’s life is a tragic story about how he was deceived and molded into an evil man. His evil, sparked by lady Macbeth, began with the murder of king Duncan. Macbeth’s heart couldn’t handle the sin but Lady Macbeth forced him to change his mind. Macbeth’s evil was a result of his overconfidence, guilty conscience, and his human nature, all of which are traits that could be seen in any person in search of power. Work Cited Shakespeare, William.
She manipulates her husband, who before this was a good, noble warrior, into a murderer. The only reason she does this too is because she is caring only for herself. She thinks of no consequences that could happen to her husband, she only thinks of becoming the Queen. No murders would have ever taken place if it were not for her. She is so bad that when Macbeth has his freak out at their dinner, she does not try to comfort him, but to only continue to cut him down and be rude to him.
In William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are initially portrayed as an intimate and caring couple. In the beginning, the infatuated Macbeth puts his wife on a pedestal (which is unusual in Jacobean the era) and continuously addresses her with words of endearment. Lady Macbeth on the other hand appears to be stronger willed and more decisive, focusing solemnly on murdering Duncan. However, as the play progresses the audience witness surprising changes in the relationship. The guilt from murdering Duncan torments and disintegrates Lady Macbeth, making Macbeth the stronger of the two.
I would say Lady Macbeth is irrational, but that essay would never end. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the mental deterioration and eventual downfall of Macbeth is often attributed to the actions of his wife, Lady Macbeth. While Macbeth initially seems uninterested in killing Duncan, it is Lady Macbeth who encourages him to follow through and take various actions to secure the throne. After murdering Duncan, Macbeth becomes hooked, and applies this behavior elsewhere, killing those who stand in his path to rule. Because of this, Lady Macbeth is seen as an irrational monster, whose ruthless encouragement causes Macbeth to commit heinous acts throughout the play.
MacBeth can not handle a daughter that portrays such qualities like her mother as she would be an equal threat to him. Through the fear of a challenge, MacBeth crumbles. Along with her potential, Lady Macbeth has a bursting confidence that leaves her husband disturbed. When MacBeth forgets to leave the daggers at the scene of the murder and refuses to return them out of fear, his wife does so herself. She compares his actions to those of a child while using her preferred way of addressing her husband, by calling him a coward.
After receiving prophecies from the witches about his future to come, he is forced into an ambition-fuelled madness. As previously mentioned, Macbeth was persuaded to kill King Duncan by his wife due to his debatable manliness. This presented Macbeth’s need to prove to his wife he was manly by being valiant and strong and partaking in violent acts. He responds to his wife’s forceful directives by telling her, “Please stop! I dare do all that may become a man;/ Who dares do more is none” (1.7.46-47).
The letter shows us of the close relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, and shows us that the deepest secrets of the heart were revealed to each other. It is from this point that we meet the true character of Lady Macbeth. She immediately shows herself as a domineering, strong willed and ambitious wife to Macbeth. As the play moves along we see that his wife easily persuades Macbeth, but when Macbeth is alone he has his doubts. Macbeth is less ambitious than his wife and also more softhearted, together these two traits gave him the common sense not to commit the dreaded act.
Linda does not really attempt to save her husband, although she knows very well what is wrong with him and that he will kill himself if she does not do something. Ambition is another crucial part of these plays, essentially killing Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and Willy. Linda on the other hand does not give in to the pressures of society like the rest of the characters have. Each character plays a part in the death of their spouse, negligence, selfishness and ambition aided in the downfalls of both men. Linda and Lady Macbeth both play massive roles in the demise of their husbands.
Macbeth's Implacable Guilt The Shakespearean tragedy Macbeth underscores the important and usually unforeseen effect of sin, that of guilt. The guilt is so deep that Lady Macbeth is pushed to suicide, and Macbeth fares only slightly better. Blanche Coles states in Shakespeare's Four Giants that, regarding guilt in the play: Briefly stated, and with elaborations to follow, Macbeth is the story of a kindly, upright man who was incited and goaded, by the woman he deeply loved, into committing a murder and then, because of his sensitive nature, was unable to bear the heavy burden of guilt that descended upon him as a result of that murder. (37) In "Memoranda: Remarks on the Character of Lady Macbeth," Sarah Siddons mentions the guilt and ambition of Lady Macbeth and their effect: [Re "I have given suck" (1.7.54ff.)] Even here, horrific as she is, she shews herself made by ambition, but not by nature, a perfectly savage creature.
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).