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.
If it were not for his wife, Macbeth would never have decided to murder Duncan. In MacBeth, a famous Shakespeare play, MacBeth, with the aid of his lover, Lady MacBeth, murders Duncan, King of Scotland, for his throne. In the Act in which this occurs, before the deed is done MacBeth is doubtful and wavers. Lady Macbeth sees this as weak and cowardly and manipulates him into killing the King. Lady MacBeth plays an important part in Duncan’s murder because it is she who had the greater ambition to kill him.
Throughout the play we can see that she has a strong influence on him and is a primary cause for increasing Macbeth’s passion to gain the crown from Duncan. Lady Macbeth’s words to her husband as well as her many powerful speeches show us her great desire to become Queen. Because of this desire she persuades Macbeth to murder Duncan as well as begin his reign of reign of terror. In the earlier acts of the play we can see that Lady Macbeth dominates her husband, giving the impression that she definitely “wears the pants” in the relationship. You first see Lady Macbeth portray her power when she successfully plots Duncan’s death, manipulates her husband by questioning his manhood, and takes action on her goal to become Queen of Scotland.
The witches tell Macbeth that he will become Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland. The witchâs prophecies make Macbeth ambitious and tap into pre-existing ambition. Macbeth believes these prophecies as the first of his prophecies has been fulfilled. Afterwards the second prophecy is carried out. Immediately Macbeth thinks of murdering King Duncan so the third of his prophecies will be fulfilled even though he is horrified by the idea.
Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a tragedy that proves how one man’s uncontrollable hunger for power can hinder his ability to make good decisions, ultimately leading to his downfall. In the beginning, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are highly respected nobles, but over the course of the play they show significant changes in their personalities as they become the most hated people around. Macbeth started out as a brave soldier who is extremely devoted to his king, and his wife appears to be a kind, loving woman. However, as the play goes on, it is realized that Lady Macbeth is a conniving, deceitful woman who acts as a catalyst in Macbeth’s evil scheme. Though he may have always had the final say when it came to the numerous killings, his wife uses her power to effortlessly persuade her weak husband to make him do whatever she wants him to.
Shakespeare’s Misogynies Analytical Essay The Role of Women in Macbeth In Shakespeare’s time period, societies view on women was rather different than how it is viewed today. In many plays written by William Shakespeare, it is believed that the theme of misogyny is portrayed and that he himself had a severe hatred for women. In Macbeth, the three main female characters are made out to be evil and ambitious women. Their personality, physique and inner thoughts are illustrated to be less feminine and rather cruel. This gives proof that perhaps Shakespeare was a misogynist and viewed males as the true alpha gender.
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.
Some critics see Shakespeare’s King Lear as an anti-feminist text because of different contributing factors such as the reasons for Lear’s demotion from king, the fall of his kingdom and the reason for his madness. However others see it is a feminist text which recounts the insecurity of men and their dependence on the female characters. Overall within this play, women are shown to play both the good and the bad at different scales and scenes. The most obvious, demonically portrayed female characters are Regan and Goneril, arguably the main reasons for Lear’s down fall from a prestigious king to a madman. They both display the Machiavellian trait of whoever holds the power holds the right to control and both the sisters exert this fairly ruthlessly.
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”.
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. Then, when Lady Macbeth fears that their regicide will have deathly repercussions, Macbeth becomes bolder and solitarily plans Banquo’s murder. In each of these examples, one falters and the other compensates for their weakness by becoming the dominant one in the relationship; they balance each other and make up for each others’ flaws. Before the murder of Duncan, Lady Macbeth assumes the leading role in her relationship with Macbeth, by bolstering her husband’s willpower so that he can commit the murder of Duncan. Lady Macbeth reminds Macbeth of his commitment to kill Duncan: “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 pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums, and dash'd the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done to this.” Lady Macbeth remarks how she would murder a baby if she had made a promise to do so, and that Macbeth should go through with Duncan’s murder because he promised to.