An opportunist, she jumps on prospects as soon as they arise. When she receives Macbeth’s letter about the witches’ predictions, she immediately begins plotting Duncan’s murder, and calls upon dark spirits to “fill [her] from crown to toe top-full of direst cruelty” (1.5.49-50) to assist her in getting the job done. While most women would never dream of summoning evil to become queen, Lady Macbeth will do whatever it takes to achieve the power she yearns for. She easily squashes her husband’s doubts in their scheme by belittling his manliness, calling him “a coward in [his] own esteem” (1.7.47) and other demeaning names. This type of manipulation comes naturally to Lady Macbeth, as does an attitude of relentless determination.
Both plays show fearless women who intervene with political matters and cause tension within the kingdom. Lady Macbeth questions her husband and pressures him into being more aggressive, while Antigone defies Creon by burying her dead brother, Polynieces. Both Lady Macbeth and Antigone defy the social and political expectations of their society by adopting the expected behaviors of the opposite gender. Lady Macbeth disregards the social and political norms by wanting to become more masculine and aggressive. While she prepares to exterminate the current king, she cries out “Unsex me here,/ and fill me from the crown to the toe top-full/ Of direst cruelty.” (Shakespeare.
One main character is Lady Macbeth. In the beginning of Shakespeare’s play, she is a strong-willed, dominant figure. She takes on the role of being the dominant partner, almost male-like, when she sees Macbeth will not do so himself. She has infinite influence over her husband, who is portrayed as weaker than she is. She is the one who plans the betrayal of Duncan and pressures Macbeth into thinking the only way to fulfill the witches “promise” is to kill the king.
After reading the letter, Lady Macbeth immediately began to devise a plan, to ensure that her husband would become king, and she queen. She became impatient, realising how long this might take, and determined that the only way to ensure that this would occur quickly, would be to kill Duncan. Lady Macbeth devised a plan to create the means in a very calculated way. The first step in Lady Macbeth’s murderous plan was to persuade Macbeth to carry out the deadly deed. Lady Macbeth was unsure how Macbeth would react to the possibility of murdering Duncan to become king.
After receiving a letter from her husband, Macbeth, she realises that she must fulfil the witches’ prophesises and make her husband King, and therefore making herself Queen. She is aware that if she wants to become Queen King Duncan must be killed, and his sons, therefore heirs to the throne, must also be no threat to Macbeth’s succession of the throne. We learn that Lady Macbeth is ambitious throughout this monologue. She refers to her ambition when she says ‘thou would’st be great; art not without ambition, but without the illness should attend it’. What she is stating is that Macbeth could be great and powerful ‘that would'st be great’ and he has ambition ‘art not without ambition’, but he doesn't have the aggressive and courageous nature he needs ‘but without the illness should attend it’.
Macbeth At the beginning of Act 5, we see Lady Macbeth as a very different woman. She no longer shows the ambition that she was so fiercely driven by. Lady Macbeth was a woman who could get anything that she wanted. She was able to manipulate her husband to commit murder, she plotted the murder, and she was there to make sure that her husband followed through with it. As a loving wife, she was also there to steady her husband’s hand after the murder was committed.
From the beginning of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is viewed as very controlling, strong, and certain; saying that Macbeth ‘Shalt be what thou art promised’. This illistrates Lady Macbeth’s position in the relationship, she is ordering Macbeth to become what the witches have foreseen, not questioning whether he will achieve it, or even not try. We see just how powerful Lady Macbeth is, if she can command her husband to murder the king of Scotland. Her power is also shown in the way she taunts Macbeth, saying he is ‘too full of the milk of human kindness’. This shows how cold Lady Macbeth is, as milk is the food of new born children, she is implying Macbeth is too much like a kind child to murder anyone, which is another method used to spur Macbeth on into killing his king.
Evidently Lady Bracknell values society and its values, saying, “Never speak disrespectfully of Society,” but she goes totally against these values by playing the role of her husband in her daughter’s life (hypocritical). In addition, the conversation between Lady Bracknell and Jack is controlled completely by Lady Bracknell. She is asking all the questions – in charge of the flow of the conversation – she is pushing/forcing everything she wants to know out of him. Evidence for this is ‘Mr Worthing! Rise, sir…’ this supports my statement above and conveys to the audience the power (authority) Lady Bracknell possesses over Jack.
However, because Lady Macbeth has ambition beyond her status, she wants him to become King as soon as possible. The only problem for Lady Macbeth is she feels Macbeth is too nice to kill Duncan. She says “it is too full o’ the milk of human kindness”, which shows Lady Macbeth thinks of her husband as a coward. The soliloquy used by Shakespeare truly shows the disturbed mind of Lady Macbeth; creating an unsettling affect on the audience through his representation of her as a scheming and dangerous character. The use of imagery reveals that witchcraft was a fascination of Elizabethan England.
Shakespeare’s Macbeth begins with Macbeth being of high nobility, strength, and bravery. Throughout the play, Macbeth will have a complete change in his reputation and personality all due to his cold-hearted wife, Lady Macbeth. Macbeth in Macbeth starts off being known as “worthy” and “brave” but as the play progresses, his attitude and reputation changes into a “tyrant” and hated by all. Macbeth starts off the play being referred to as a “noble partner” (1.3.57) by Banquo, Macbeth’s partner. Macbeth goes to see the three weird sisters, also known as the witches, and is told that he will be the “Thane of Glamis” as well as the “Thane of Cawdor" (1.3.51).