The Folly of Lady Macbeth

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In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Lady Macbeth while being filled with ambition, convinces her husband to kill the king. There are many atrocious crimes committed in the play, not least of all regicide, and the most guilty of all the characters is Lady Macbeth, husband to Lord Macbeth. Lady Macbeth may seem to the outside world to be innocent as a flower, but in fact she uses deception and persuasion to convince others to carry out her bidding. When her lackeys fail at their tasks, she is fully able to finish the deed for them. Near the end of the play she admits to her crimes, further solidifying her guilt. Still, however guilty she may be, Lady Macbeth’s greatest skill lies in her aptitude for deception and cunning.
During Macbeth, Lady Macbeth forces her husband to do her bidding and commit vile murders using a variety of methods and means. Chief amongst her tools are the arts of persuasion and deception, both of which she teaches to Macbeth. As she receives a letter from her husband, she says, “...I may pour my spirits into thine ear and chastise with the valour of my tongue all that impedes thee from the golden round”(I v 25-26), proving that she plans to convince Macbeth to remove all that impedes him from the crown, clearing the way for her to be queen. When Macbeth reaches the castle she reveals her plan to him and forces it upon him, saying, “O never shall sun that morrow see”(I v 61-60). As she says this she seduces him, tricking him into doing her bidding. When the king is in their castle Macbeth begins to have doubts and says, “We will proceed no further in this business”(I vii 32). When Macbeth begins to stray she insults him and calls him a coward, “art thou afraid to be the same in thine own act as thou art in desire”(I vii 49-51). She chides Macbeth and forces him to do her will, or else he would be no man. While Lady Macbeth may be able to
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