Lady Macbeth Role in Play

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I believe Lady Macbeth is the driving force of the couple as she continuously manipulates her husband by questioning his manhood and pressuring him to kill King Duncan. When we first see him, she is already plotting Duncan’s murder and she is stronger, more ruthless and more ambitious than her husband. She seems fully aware of this and knows she will have to push her husband into committing the murders.

You would assume Macbeth as being this big, ruthless murderer as he is a soldier but in fact, his wife is more ambitious in killing Duncan than him. At one point in the play she ‘wished she was not a woman so she could do the job herself’. Her husband implies that ‘she is a masculine soul inhabiting a female body’ which seems to link to ambitions and violence’.

Throughout the play, I noticed Macbeth was hesitant of the play and overall uncomfortable in becoming a criminal but I feel he committed the murder to prove Lady Macbeth and also himself.

Lady Macbeth’s guilt seems to grow, her sensitivity becomes a weakness and she is unable to cope. Significantly, she kills herself signalling her total inability to deal with the guilt of their crimes. I Believe she killed herself due to making Macbeth how he was after the murder of Duncan. He became a tyrant straight after he was pressured into killing the once King of Scotland, Ducan.

King Duncan of Scotland was once known to be a generous, loving leader who wasn’t arrogant and only wanted best for his kingdom. He was also known to be a courageous heir to the throne who had the characteristics of what the Scottish kingdom wanted as leader. But some might say he was too wimpy which is unexpected from a noble warrior and King.

At the beginning of the play when he was alive, he showed that he was a good unselfish king when he proved concerned for his soldiers/men and there needs. He punished traitors when necessary but he was known to be merciful when it came to some traitors. This portrayed him as a wimp who couldn’t bear to see his enemies get punished. Everyone including Macbeth respected him and his power. But at some point, people began to envy him and his power leading on to jealousy, especially Macbeth.

At first from the start of the play, Macbeth begins the play as a heroic and triumphant figure, the noble Thane of Glamis, a general in the Scottish army who has just defeated the insurgent King of Norway. He did not have tyrannical thoughts but he began to have them when Lady Macbeth manipulated him into committing something a tyrant would do.

When Macbeth briefly found out he may be King one day from the three witches, his greed and ambitions led him to come up with a plan on how to become King quickly. His ambitions continue to grow even after the murder of Duncan.

Once Macbeth became King, his hunger as he wasn’t satisfied in having the crown, which led him to become completely power hungry and paranoid but also paranoid in holding his position.

Likewise, his paranoia grew just as much as his greed which led him to kill enemies, people who were once his friend, attempts to kill Macduff and Banquo which was only partially successful.

Once Macduff ends the terror and tyranny of Macbeth in Act V, he publicly announces that Macbeth’s decapitated head will stand as a “monument” as of what’s to come if anyone was to become treacherous and commit treason.


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