How Is Macbeth A Weak Husband

Submitted By amck96
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In my opinion, I believe that this is a very debatable point. It is agreeable that Macbeth was a weak husband. However, I do not agree with the view that he was a brave and valiant soldier who fought to the bitter end. Rather, I feel that he was a craven tyrant who thirsted for power, and was undeniably choked by his own paranoia, deceit and “vaulting ambition” in the end. To borrow the words of the renowned critic, Elizabeth Montagu, Macbeth, with his “vehement passions and aspiring wishes, was a subject liable to be seduced by splendid prospects, and ambitious counsels.”
Over the course of the play Macbeth significantly changed with respect to his character and his personality. Macbeth started off as a brave soldier whom was devoted to his king, but was tainted from the witches’ prophecies. Lady Macbeth’s strong power was used to effortlessly persuade her weak husband. I think that her strength inspired him at the beginning of the play, but after he realized his actions he persisted with his bloody path.
Macbeth was not a man to naturally incline to perform malicious deeds, but he had“dark and deep desires” for power. Macbeth’s character was physically strong but mentally weak, and it was this weakness that instigated the downfall and change of Macbeth, whereas Lady Macbeth seemed to be quite the opposite of her husband. Being that Lady Macbeth’s determination was far superior to that of her husband’s; she was able to convince him into murdering Duncan while assuring