Lady Macbeth Evil Essay

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Many of Shakespeare’s characters in “Macbeth” were complete hypocrites; they manipulated and tricked innocent others into believing that they were friends and then killed them. This play demonstrates that people are not always what they appear to be on the outside and not everyone can or should be trusted. The people that you may think are your closest and dearest friends may turn out to be your biggest enemy. Lady Macbeth is an extremely hypocritical and manipulative character. She may very well be the underlying cause of all evil in the play; she tricked King Duncan, used her husband, and made her guests believe that, rather than feeling guilty for his crime, Macbeth was sick. When Lady Macbeth invites King Duncan to come to the castle…show more content…
This confuses and annoys Macbeth because the three witches said that Macbeth would one day be king. So, Lady Macbeth, thinking only of her and how much she wants the power, tricks Macbeth into thinking that he would be the only one gaining power and killing Duncan wouldn’t be beneficial to her at all. Macbeth agrees to murder Duncan; but, as the time to kill Duncan comes nearer, Macbeth starts having second thoughts about killing Duncan and is beginning to back out of completing this task. Lady Macbeth does not like this and starts to call him a coward and questions him by asking if he is afraid to act the way he wants to. She goes on to say that if she were him, she would follow through with her promise “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 plucked my nipple from his boneless gums and dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done to this” (Lady Macbeth 1.7). Macbeth wants to prove he is not a coward and is a man of his word, do he kills Duncan as they had planned. Later, after Duncan has been killed, Lady Macbeth contradicts her previous statements and confesses that she could not have killed Duncan because he resembled her

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