Characters are manipulative, influencing others to meet their ends. In ‘Macbeth’, Macbeth is manipulated by his wife, Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth Is fully aware she will have to push Macbeth in to murdering Duncan. She states ‘I fear thy nature; it is too full of the milk of human kindness’, ‘Human kindness ‘referring to Macbeth’s Kind moral and heart. She is fearful that Macbeth’s kind nature will inhibit him from killing the king.
In the beginning of Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth’s wife is portrayed as stronger and a more merciless character, urging her husband to seize the crown by murdering King Duncan. Furthermore, she is determined to achieve her goal in any possible way. Lady Macbeth at times is seen as clever, using her manipulation skills to her advantage. Persuasion is what Lady Macbeth uses to overpower Macbeth. She was the character who wore “the pants of the house,” easily influencing her husband’s decisions.
However Lady Macbeth questions if her husband is sufficiently mercenary to do what is necessary to enable him to become King. At this early stage lady Macbeth seems intent on callously killing Duncan in order to achieve her husband’s dream and ambition of becoming King. “Yet do I fear thy nature, is too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way.” Lady Macbeth is very much in-control in all situations. She is the more dominant person in her and Macbeth’s relationship. “Give me the daggers,” this symbolises that she has authority over her husband, Macbeth, and also that she is crafty and immoral.
The witches are shown as figures that seem to trigger Macbeths murderous ambition, as their prophesy leads Macbeth to first consider killing Duncan, to gain power. But the witches never actually say anything about murder; all they do is tell Macbeth he s going to be King. Macbeth himself as man, questions how, and makes the evil plot, leaving the witches looking as if they are the evil figure. Is there a reason that witchcraft is only represented as evil women? Sexism is displayed through the witches in “Macbeth”.
These lines are preceded by a soliloquy of her scolding the other witches for not including her in the downfall of Macbeth. Lady Macbeth says to her husband “But screw your courage to the sticking- place/And we’ll not fail” (1.7.66) by this she means if he can pull himself together and think with her cunning he will be able to murder the King. The Witches tell Macbeth prophecies in an attempt to very publically destroy him. Lady Macbeth lets these prophecies take root too deeply inside of her ultimately leading to her convincing her husband to command the murders of the innocent and also causing her to take her own life. Lady Macbeths bold ambition is used against her because in the era of Macbeth women’s
Immediately after hearing the witches prophesise that he will be king, Macbeth thinks that he must kill the current king to become king himself. I believe that before hearing the witch's prophecies, Macbeth had never in his wildest dreams thought of killing King Duncan to become king himself. In Act 4, Scene 1, Macbeth meets again with the witches, who tell him through apparitions, "Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth!
Throughout the play we can see that she has a strong influence on him and is a primary cause for increasing Macbeth’s passion to gain the crown from Duncan. Lady Macbeth’s words to her husband as well as her many powerful speeches show us her great desire to become Queen. Because of this desire she persuades Macbeth to murder Duncan as well as begin his reign of reign of terror. In the earlier acts of the play we can see that Lady Macbeth dominates her husband, giving the impression that she definitely “wears the pants” in the relationship. You first see Lady Macbeth portray her power when she successfully plots Duncan’s death, manipulates her husband by questioning his manhood, and takes action on her goal to become Queen of Scotland.
Macbeth is introduced as a dutiful subject who quickly becomes known as a tyrant due to the influences of the determined Lady Macbeth, who deeply desires power and status. Macbeth is persuaded by his bellicose wife after becoming entranced by three witches’ psychic premonitions. Lady Macbeth encourages Macbeth’s temptations to ensure the witches’ premonitions become realities by assaulting what she perceives are weaknesses; however, these are the same qualities he has received honors for. Macbeth’s resistance to his wife’s intentions fade as he is manipulated (Sheinberg) into following her plan to assassinate the King, an act Macbeth can hardly imagine undertaking. Macbeth sends news of the witches prophecies and his coming fortune, which sparks an unscrupulous attack on his morality by Lady Macbeth, and the audience begins to feel compassion for the scorned hero.
Persuasive Essay- Lady Macbeth April Henderson 1st hour 11b English In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Lady Macbeth is to blame for her very influential, power-seeking and insensitive actions to persuade Macbeth. Ambition and greed are two similar but different words; by crossing that fine line, Lady Macbeth shows her greediness in this play. Throughout the play Macbeth was told a prophecy but only with a little push from his wife did he make it happen. Macbeth was manipulated into achieving the powerful state as king but it tragically leads him to his downfall. Lady Macbeth, among other things, is a insane, controlling, manipulative person and tends to get whatever she wants and does whatever it takes to get it.
Macbeth further condones this in his action to the witches’ prophecy that he will become king. Once made Thane of Cawdor, Macbeth realizes the truth in the witches’ predictions, and immediately begins to contemplate the other part of their prophecy. “My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical,” (Act 1, sc. 3, line 151-152) he thinks, bringing murder to the front of his mind almost as soon as the witches are proven correct. Later in the play, Macbeth’s yearning for power, encouraged by the weird sisters, convinces him to kill the king and assume the throne.