She supported her husband and Macbeth trusted her very much. Because of this trust, Lady Macbeth was able to persuade Macbeth to murder King Duncan, thereby Macbeth assuming the position of king with Lady Macbeth his queen. Macbeth carried out this plot as he felt he was obliged to give Lady Macbeth some form of ‘compensation’ as he had been unable to sire a child with Lady Macbeth. Therefore the reason for Macbeth becoming king was not only his hunger for power but to also please Lady Macbeth. Macbeth’s motive for murdering King Duncan was possibly based upon pleasing his wife as much as Macbeth’s desire to assume power.
After Macbeth does kill the king their relationship worsens. In the letter Macbeth refers to Lady Macbeth as ‘my dearest partner of greatness’ which depicts great love in the relationship between them. After the death of the king Macbeth takes over the treachery of murdering any threats to his newly appointed throne. Lady Macbeth and Macbeth next shown together in Act III scene ii are both clearly depressed and insecure, Lady Macbeth asks him to put on a cheerful appearance for their guests who are to arrive, Lady Macbeth is not
Although this aspiration led for Macbeth to become a murderer and cold hearted, Lady Macbeth wants her husband to succeed no matter what consequences come along with it. Thus exemplifying Lady Macbeth’s original ambition is for her husband. ”Quote from Macbeth” This supports the idea that Lady Macbeth wants her husband to succeed no matter what because she is truly in love with him.”She is less than for herself than for her husband…Strength of her affection adds to the strength of ambition” (Jameson 1). This quote once again supports the idea of Lady Macbeth’s love and ambition for her husband. Thus, Lady Macbeth, despite how malicious and sinister she is, at the beginning of the play originally has a great amount of love and ambition for her husband’s success.
As one of the prophecies turn out to be true, Macbeth does become Thane of Cawdor for his valiant efforts in battle, Lady Macbeth believes that Macbeth would become King, naturally, and starts to make plans on how to get the throne of Scotland for her husband and for herself. I think at this point she is evil and cunning and also clever. She says: “Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o’ the milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way.” -Act 1 Scene 5 “To catch the nearest way” would be to get the throne the quickest way and that would be by killing King Duncan. Also she fears that Macbeth is too ‘nice’ to kill King Duncan as she says: “Yet do I fear thy nature; it is too full o’ the milk of human kindness”. This shows she is cunning, clever and always thinking ahead.
1. DESCRIPTION OF LADY MACBETH Lady Macbeth is presented to the reader from her first appearance in the play as a woman fired by ambition. What Macbeth lacks in decisiveness, Lady Macbeth makes up for his lack of bloodthirsty lust for power and wealth. Swearing off her femininity at the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth manipulates her husband powerfully to follow through with his plans to kill Duncan. After the act of regicide, it is Lady Macbeth who has the soundness of mind to plant the incriminating evidence on Duncan's guards.
Macbeth is not naturally inclined to perform malicious deeds, but he deeply desires power. After speaking with the witches, he could not stop thinking about what they said. He wanted so badly for the prophecies to become true that he let his wife influence him to do what had to be done to make him king, which began his downward spiral. Macbeth is physically strong and mentally weak, and it is this that is a major factor in the change of his character, whereas Lady Macbeth seems to be quite the opposite of her husband right from the first murder. Lady Macbeth is far more determined than her husband, and using her devious ways is able to convince him into murdering Duncan while assuring him that he will
This statement demonstrates her burning desire to become the Scotland queen and the determination to accomplish it with any cost. Also, she shows her ambitious behaviour by manipulating her husband into processing the deed, when Macbeth feels concerned and rather afraid about the negatively potential consequences of the murder. She questions his manhood and also threatens him with a shocking image: “dash’d the brains [of my baby] out, had I so sworn” (1.7, 58). Another example presenting her firmness in pursuing her ambition is her decision to not directly get involved in processing the murder. After all, she is a woman and a mother who is used to taking care people rather than taking people’s lives as she states: “Had he not resembled/ My father as he slept, I had done’t” (2.2, 12-13).
Lady Macbeth was one Shakespeare’s most courageous female characters. She convinced her husband to cruelly kill Duncan and urged him to be strong in the murder’s aftermath. Fortunately she was eventually scarred by the effect of Macbeth’s animosity towards her. In each case, ambition—helped, of course, by the hurtful predictions of the witches that’s what drove the couple to extreme insanity. The problem, the play suggests, is that once someone decides to use violence to further their quest for power, it is difficult to stop them.
In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the title character and his wife Lady Macbeth have a give and take relationship. In the time that Macbeth was written, women were usually subservient to men, yet the relationship that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth possess is a balanced one. This balance in relationship is evidenced by their actions in several situations. When Macbeth doubts himself and decides that he may not want to kill Duncan, Lady Macbeth boosts his resolve and re-convinces him to go through with the deed. Later, after Duncan is murdered, Macbeth returns to Lady Macbeth with the bloody daggers in his hands, traumatized, and Lady Macbeth is forced to take control and return them to the guards.
Lady Macbeth calls upon the spirits to aid her in her plot to overcome her husband's reluctance and force him to kill Duncan. She even claims that she would have done the deed had Duncan not reminded her of her father. “Lady Macbeth calls upon the spirits to overcome her husband's reluctance”(Riedel, Web). This further irritates Macbeth, by now Macbeth is fully