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.
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. Macbeth’s letter to Lady Macbeth describes the honor received for his valiant battle and tells of the witches’ prophecies. The message ends with affectionate words and asks that she celebrate with him. Instead of rejoicing (Crowther) she immediately begins an assault on his masculinity and values, implying that he is not strong enough to pursue the King’s crown: …Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way: thou wouldst be great,
Immediately Macbeth thinks of murdering King Duncan so the third of his prophecies will be fulfilled even though he is horrified by the idea. Lady Macbethâs greed makes her determined the third prophecy will come true. But believes Macbeth is not capable of murdering Duncan but will provoke him. When Lady Macbeth hears the news that that Duncan is coming to visit she believes it is the ideal opportunity to kill Duncan. Lady Macbeth calls on the spirits of darkness and evil to replace her nurturing and feminine qualities with remorseless cruelty.
He is rational about the chances of him becoming king but he decides to let chance take its own course, as he says, “If chance will have me King, why, chance may crown me, Without my stir.” (1.3.144), which proves that he is a good man with a noble mind. Second, the most obvious influence to the disintegration of Macbeth’s mind is his wife, Lady Macbeth. At the end of the first act, Lady Macbeth is reading the letter that Macbeth has sent her informing her of the current and future events. Lady Macbeth is concerned that Macbeth is too kind to kill and go ahead with becoming king showing her evil nature. When Macbeth arrives he informs her that the King will be staying at the castle tonight.
Macbeth says, “If chance will have me king, why chance may crown me/Without my stir.” (1.3.143).This is significant because Macbeth still has a sense of right and wrong. These bad thoughts eventually come back when King Duncan states that Malcolm will be the next king. Scared that his second prophecy would not come true, fear leads him to make rash decisions. As Lady Macbeth pressures Macbeth to kill King Duncan, paranoia takes over Macbeth. When people find out that the king is murdered they accuse the guards.
The audience feels that she is the predominant person in the relationship and that she can make him do what she wants, also he has no control, like the image they would think of him. Shakespeare uses the stereotypical idea that soldiers are naturally used to killing people, but in this case, to a relative he is not this, then it shows that actually Macbeth has second thought on the idea of killing his relative. This sentence is merely an indirect way that Lady Macbeth pressure’s Macbeth into to doing this act of horror. ‘As thou art desire’ this is stating that he is afraid of his desires, that he is pressured into showing that he is not. Shakespeare uses a contradiction of idea to really show weather Macbeth really loves her.
Causes of Macbeth's Downfall Summary: In the play "Macbeth," both the witches and Lady Macbeth were responsible for Macbeth's downfall. Macbeth was at first a noble, loyal man who would never harm his king. However, the witches' foretelling gave Macbeth greater ambition and desire to become king himself, and Lady Macbeth's manipulation and insistence led him to commit the murders needed to fulfill this heightened ambition. Macbeth was a noble and loyal man, who would never harm his King. If it wasn't for the influences of the people surrounding him, he would have lived happily as Thane of Cawdor, an honourable title in itself.
The points that will be argued are, that Lady Macbeth played a large role in the murder of King Duncan, The three witches planted the idea in Macbeth’s head, and that the murder of King Duncan was all Macbeths doing. In many ways, Lady Macbeth drives Macbeth to the murder and acts as more of a physical spur, as opposed to the witches who use a mental approach. She bullies him, uses emotional blackmail and knows he is morally sensitive so he must be pushed. She mocks his bravery and knows he is a warrior and will be insulted. When Macbeth is thinking about not going ahead with the plan she says, “When you durst do it, then you were a man; and, to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man”.
She uses the “valor of [her] tongue” to emasculate her husband to the point that the only way for him to prove his manhood is to kill Duncan and become king. Macbeth may be the one to kill the king, but Lady Macbeth is the means by which he acts. Macbeth has second thoughts throughout the play but Lady Macbeth finds a way to manipulate him in sensitive ways to do what she wants.
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.