Of all Shakespeare's female characters Lady Macbeth stands out far beyond the rest — remarkable for her ambition, strength of will, cruelty, and dissimulation. Their attitude to each other constantly changes throughout the play, although events in the play certainly draw Macbeth and Lady Macbeth apart their love for one another is evident throughout the play. For example, it is easily recognized that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are opposite in many ways Scott 236. He want more than anything to be king, but is unsure whether he can go through with the murder. Diane Purkiss, The Witch in History: Early Modern and Twentieth-Century Representations London: Routledge, 1996 , 209.
Macbeth's internal turmoil grows and he orders his friend Banquo killed. She also says that he must keep his word and not back out. He immediately wishes Duncan were alive again. His desire is to see the rightful king on the throne. Lady Macbeth has just finished reading the letter from her husband where he explains his encounter with the witches and how the witches prophesized about how Macbeth will become king. She knows that she has power over Macbeth as his wife. Everything that follows is simply the repercussion of Macbeth's unbridled ambition.
When Lady Macbeth was ready to kill King Duncan herself, it showed that Lady Macbeth could not murder King Duncan because he reminded her of her father. Lady Macbeth takes the role of the dominant partner in the beginning of the play, by acting as the real power behind the throne. Macbeth, too confident of his own power, is struck down and beheaded by Macduff, and Malcolm inherits his rightful throne. These lines are important because they further illustrate Lady Macbeth's characteristics. When a goal requires determination and hard work to complete, personal morals often take a back seat to the aspiration of accomplishing the goal.
I am Thane of Cawdor. Together with Duncan's son Malcolm and an army, they ride back to Scotland. Lady Macbeth is instructing Macbeth on how to act. It can be said that Lady Macbeth has struggled with her guilt every bit as much as Macbeth has with his. Leave all the rest to me. Alan Macfarlane, Witchcraft in Tudor and Stuart England: A Regional and Comparative Study London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1970 , 159. For they were the persons most dependent upon neighbourly support.
Lady Macbeth knows that her husband's kindness makes him weak and susceptible to guilt that could prevent the murder of King Duncan. This also shows the accuracy of the witches predictions and complicates the plot. Shakespeare illustrates a contradictory characterization of Lady Macbeth in comparison to the subservient women of the time period. She needs no supernatural temptations to urge her on. Sure enough, shortly after the witches vanish, Macbeth is named Thane of Cawdor but because of his bravery in battle, not because the witches predicted it.
At the beginning of the play, when Lady Macbeth reads the letter from her husband telling her about the witches, it can be clearly be seen that she will be willing to risk anything to see Macbeth king. When Lady Macbeth wishes to emphasise the need for cold-hearted resolution, she does so by articulating a perversion of maternal instinct, turning an act of nurturance into an act of destruction. And the grieuous estate of the said citie at this present. William Shakespeare's play The Tragedy of Macbeth, or Macbeth, is one of his shorter tragedies, and was probably written between 1599-1606. She ends her life with suicide.
In addition to being in control, Lady Macbeth persuades Macbeth to achieve his goal of being king. Or have we eaten on the insane root That takes the reason prisoner? Ambition is, wanting to have more then you have and wanting it now. He has more power over her since he is the one making the plans and taking action on his own, without her input. In the minds of the noble characters, the world of hunger and fear informs, and encroaches on, their experience of political power and privilege, compelling them to express their most deeply felt hopes, anxieties, and fears through reference to food. His honesty in a play like Macbeth is like a breath of fresh air. Macbeth and the Witches In Act 1, scene 2, we first hear of Macbeth from the Captain, who reports that Macbeth has killed the rebel Macdonald on the battlefield. Intriguingly, Macbeth figures sleep as the most important component of life — more crucial, we infer, than food itself — and yet he can only express its importance, and his desolation at its perceived loss, through the language of food and nourishment.
Why do you make such faces? 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. It reminds us that Macbeth is truly the kind of ruler that Malcolm only pretends to be: a tyrant who, despite his attempts to put on a display of bounty and abundance through banquets, is certain to inflict scarcity and want on his subjects, high and low status alike. Present fears Are less than horrible imaginings. However, Shakespeare does not display these themes in Macbeth alone. Macbeth seems to be at her disposal as he goes against his better judgement and kills Duncan and Banquo at her request. Meads, Banquets Set Forth: Banqueting in English Renaissance Drama, 144.