Even when Macbeth does have second thoughts, Lady Macbeth is there, insulting his manhood and shaming him into action. She actually does much of the plotting and planning herself. Each time that Macbeth was ready to abandon his evil course, she convinced him to be the serpent under the innocent flower and remain steadfast on his path to power. Even though the witches and Lady Macbeth certainly did play an integral part in Macbeth's downfall, the choice was ultimately his. He could have ignored the hags' prophecies, like
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
His paranoia reached the point to where he was mentally unstable. One source of motivation for the killing of the king derives where most people would not most commonly suspect: his own wife. The idea of her becoming queen engulfed her mind; therefore, she urged Macbeth to proceed with the killing of King Duncan. Following Duncan’s murder, the only thing bothering Macbeth was the prophecy told by the witches about Banquou’s son becoming the king. Fearing the worst, he allowed his paranoia take over his thought process, by not it should be obvious that his paranoia played a big role in his decision making.
In the opening of the play, a loyal Macbeth is approached by three witches who entice him with their claim that “[he] shalt be king thereafter.” (1-3-50). This information stimulates his hidden thirst for power and willingness to keep the throne for himself. He plots to murder the king and takes the liberty of killing Banquo, and anyone else who poses a threat to his reign to aid his own insecurity. Macbeth begins to lose trust in those around him and becomes unstable. Shakespeare shows through Duncan, who carries a legitimate power, that only direct threats to the kingdom are punished accordingly.
“(1.3.47-49) These three lines are extremely crucial to the play because it gives Macbeth his beginning thoughts toward receiving the throne. Shakespeare made the witches deceive Macbeth and Banquo who begin to believe they are invincible and have much to look forward to. This proves misogyny in Shakespeare because it ultimately put the witches to blame for all the horrible events in the play. Shakespeare also portrays his misogyny through Macbeth as he belittles the witches by saying, “How now, you secret, black and midnight hags.” (4.1.47) In Shakespeare’s era, chivalry and respect toward women was big. By having a character in his play say this to three so called women, seems
The perception of gender roles and the pressure to live up to these are used to manipulate the characters and lead to their eventual downfall. Macbeth allows himself to be controlled by both the witches and Lady Macbeth. After being influenced by the three witches and Lady Macbeth to kill Duncan, Macbeth feels remorse. Lady Macbeth seeing this mocks Macbeth and says, “What beast was’t, then / That made 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” (Shakespeare I.vii. 47-51).
How do Lady Macbeth and the Witches influence Macbeth in the murder of Duncan? At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a noble and valiant general who possesses unwavering loyalty towards Duncan. This version of Macbeth is shattered when his ambition overrides his sense of morality, largely due to two powerful female influences; Lady Macbeth and the Witches. At the time when this was written, women were expected to be subservient to men as part of the natural order of things therefore the idea of women dominating men was quite controversial. The witches create Macbeth’s fate by inciting him of his rise to power, which ignites his latent ambition to achieve greatness.
“Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums and dashed the brains out”. This takes her femininity away and portrays her as a cold-hearted character who is not only willing to commit murder, but also able to persuade her husband into going against what he believes in. As well as this, the violent imagery in this quote is very shocking and gives a gothic element to Act One Scene Seven. It also shows us how quickly Lady Macbeth
Shakespeare further cultivates Macbeths quickly changing character through soliloquy and dramatic irony. His success in doing so is disclosed as the once ‘noble’ Macbeth goes against all odds to convey his idea of fulfilling the witches’ prophecies: to kill King Duncan. Macbeth also notifies us that to even anticipate slaughtering the sacred King is an act of treachery and betrayal nonetheless he delivers himself as quite motivated and determined to do so. The “horrid image”, “doth unfix” his hair and make his “seated heart knock”; his lust for ultimate power poisons his loyalty and decays at his integrity. As the play moves on, the audience observe the hasty crumbling of his devotion to God and the King.
Lady Macbeth - cold hearted, power, witch-like - is the most reasonable for turning Macbeth into an evil murderer. Her influences and desire to acheive more power is displayed throughoutthe play, particularly within her relationship with Macbeth. When Macbeth attempts to reconsider his plan to kill the King Duncan, Lady Macbeth is absolutely furious. She tells Macbeth "Screw your courage to the sticking place and we'll not fail". Lady Macbeth understands that in order to committ murder they both must remove all sense of humanity.