Is Lady Macbeth Weak

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Macbeth is a weak man who is easily influenced by other characters. Discuss with reference to the whole text. Shakespeare’s play Macbeth was written in the 1600’s. Macbeth is the sole figure and the play outlines his rise to glory, then fall to demise because the power was too much of a burden to control. He is a weak man whose decisions were based on other peoples influence. It is unlikely that without being told the prophecies by the witches and encouraged by his wife that he would have killed Duncan and betrayed many. Shakespeare took facts and made it into his own more entertaining, imaginative story. These historical facts were taken from the book (Chronicles of England and Scotland) and his creativity was combined with factual knowledge…show more content…
In Act 1 Scene 7 when Macbeth vows to not kill Duncan as he is loyal she uses a number of methods to change his mind. Her first line is “What beast was't then that made you break your enterprise to me?” She is pointing out that he raised the idea first. She insults Macbeth's masculinity calling him a coward. She points upon her husband’s lack of courage. She tells him he is “green” “a coward”, and that he resembles the “poor cat” who wanted the fish but would not get its paws wet. Finally, she tells him that her own lack of pity would extend to murdering her own child as it suckled at her breast. With this one terrifying example, she confirms that “the milk of human kindness” is absent in her. The quote “From this time such I account thy love” This personal taunt hits Macbeth. It is unexpected because their relationship is so intense. Lady Macbeth has lost a child when it was very young. It is shocking when she says she would have smashed it to the floor rather than go back on a promise. This would be the ultimate sacrifice. She makes the point that she knew the joy of being a mother, and would have given that up for Macbeth to be king. She uses terrible, violent imagery as a shock tactic. “Art thou afeared, to be the same in thine own act and valour, as thou art in desire?” This is an important part of her persuasive speech. Macbeth's rank and fame depend on his courage and bravery. She says he cannot love her. “I have given suck, and know how tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums, And dash'd the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done to this” This elaborate speech of shock imagery is given as she realises that Macbeth's doubt needs to be overcome quickly and this needs extreme measures as they could miss the chance
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