Murder by Manipulation When in a predicament or plight, you usually turn toward a loved one for advice. For guidance and instruction and an opinion. Macbeth constantly turned to his wife, Lady Macbeth, for direction and counsel through the planning and entirety of the murder of King Duncan. Once Lady Macbeth learns of Macbeth’s prophecy to be king, she adamantly convinces him to commit murder for the crown. Macbeth would not have committed the crime without the manipulation of Lady Macbeth and the witches had they not put the thought in his head. The witches played a huge roll in convincing Macbeth to murder king Duncan. If Macbeth hadn’t encountered them then he would have never gotten the idea. It all started when the witches planned to meet Macbeth. “Elizabethans believed that witches were women who possessed the ability to predict the future. They were often accompanied my their familiars, evil spirits that were incarnated in animal form” (IOL page 112). They plotted to convene with him in a desolate place when the battle was finished. They filled his mind with the “future” and gave him the murderous thought. “All hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter!” (IOL page 120). “Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none: So all hail, Macbeth and Banquo!” (IOL page 121). The witches creep into Macbeth’s mind by merely giving him the idea of king, giving him a taste of what could be. The witches are smart because they know the power they hold with their titles. They distract Macbeth with the idea of being king, which he desperately wants, so the consequences seem small and insignificant when really they outweigh greatly. Lady Macbeth is the killer behind the killer in a sense. She provokes, manipulates, and encourages Macbeth to murder King Duncan. She would batter him up and if he had doubts and she would smother him with pressure and guilt by calling him less of a man or a coward. “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” (IOL page 137). This reveals Macbeth’s insecurities and he now feels a challenge from Lady Macbeth and her scornful attitude. Lady Macbeth is manipulating him by saying that he will be more of a man if he commits the murder, but less of a man than he already is if he does not. She threatens to call Macbeth a coward by saying, “wouldst thou have that Which thou esteem’st the ornament of life, And live a coward in thine own esteem,” (IOL page 137). In other words, Lady Macbeth is asking if Macbeth wants the crown, and if he does is he too much of a coward to do what is necessary to acquire it? Through the journey of the murder of King Duncan, Macbeth is constantly feeling remorse
created in The Bible, has been used in plays such as Shakespeare’s Macbeth. In Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and the three witches manipulate Macbeth in order to gain power in society. The use of female characters to control Macbeth follows the literary precedent in that women’s villainy lies in their manipulation of otherwise good men. Macbeth’s weakness and inability to perform violent acts, Hecate’s control through witchery, and Lady Macbeth’s wish to be unsexed all demonstrate Shakespeare’s use of the…
Macbeth, written in the 1600’s, was Shakespeare’s shortest play. It is known to
be one of the most intense play’s he has written. This bloody tragedy tells the story of a
heroic Scottish general (Macbeth) and his wife (Lady Macbeth), and how their ambitions
ultimately lead to their destruction. Lady Macbeth acts as probably the most important
character in this play. Throughout the play, Lady Macbeth shows she is a very dynamic
character. In the beginning acts, she is manipulative…
Macbeth: Lady Macbeth and Evil
In a play that is abundant in evil occurrences, Lady Macbeth is the
overriding source of evil in the first act. Lady Macbeth persuades Macbeth to
kill Duncan, despite Macbeth listing eight reasons against the murder. When
Macbeth is alone, we discover that he is a loyal thane to Duncan, not a
murdering savage. When Duncan is in his house at Inverness, Macbeth comes to a
decision not to kill Duncan. Lady Macbeth convinces Macbeth, who decided
strongly against murdering…
for the bloodshed in the play Macbeth. Lady Macbeth and Macbeth are held most accountable for this though. Throughout the play, Macbeth is manipulated by Lady Macbeth to perform villainous acts that he is not comfortable with. For example when Macbeth says he does not want to kill King Duncan, Lady Macbeth says, “And live a coward in thine own esteem, letting ‘I dare not’ wait upon ‘I would,’ like the poor cat i’ the adage” (1.7. 46-48). Lady Macbeth compares Macbeth to a cat that would eat fish…
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Examine the significance of the witches in Macbeth?
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The opening act of the play immediately introduces the audience to a ‘desolate place’ in where the witches seem to inhabit. As the witches are the first characters to appear, it would suggest that they are one of the main characters, despite only appearing in…
The Tragedy of Macbeth:
by Lady Macbeth
Lady Macbeth is the one responsible for the entire tragedy of Macbeth. She is the main
reason for all of the deaths and terrible events that occur throughout the play. Lady Macbeth is
to reach her ultimate goal of becoming queen. She manipulates Macbeth into
helping her get to that ultimate goal unwillingly, and by doing this it’s clear that Lady Macbeth is
the one responsible for the outcome of the play.
Duncan’s death was…
Tragic Hero Macbeth
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How is evil Portrayed in Macbeth?
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The witches have an enormous effect on the play, not only are they evil, but this is emphasised by the strong feelings against witches and witchcraft in Elizabethan times. Convicted…
The witches are responsible for making Macbeth commit murder. Do you agree?
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