Manipulation in Macbeth and Great Expectations

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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. Lady Macbeth is determined to psychologically manoeuvre Macbeth’s morals and doubts so that the plan can go ahead. She states she will ‘pour my spirits in thine ear.’ This shows that she believes she must feed her own ideas in to Macbeth’s head to brainwash him in to killing Duncan. ‘Spirits’ gives indication to substances such as alcohol or poison, as if Lady Macbeth is filling his head with harmful poisonous thoughts to cloud his judgment and morals. She then goes on to say ‘chastise with the valour of my tongue.’ This show that Lady Macbeth will use her bold words to get Macbeth to agree with her. ‘Chastise’ connotes that Lady Macbeth will shape Macbeth in to what she wants and make him obey her commands of killing Duncan. This gives insight in to the value Macbeth has for his wife’s opinions and the control she has on him. Later on in the play when Macbeth no longer wants to commit the murders, Lady Macbeth is outraged and mocks him, her leverage being his manliness. She questions his manhood and calls him a coward: ‘When you durst do it,” she says, ‘then you were a man.’ Lady Macbeth ridicules him, stating once he kills Duncan, he is then redeemed a man. Macbeth feeling targeted, decides to carry on with the plan to prove to his wife he is a man. This shows that in Lady Macbeth and Macbeth’s relationship, Lady Macbeth is able to control Macbeth with her Passive aggressive tendencies and manipulative ways. In Great Expectations Pip
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