Lady Macbeth’s power over Macb

             In the beginning of the play Lady Macbeth shows us that she is supportive to Macbeth. When deliberating the plans surrounding King Duncan's murder she says to Macbeth 'Leave all the rest to me (, 85)' Lady Macbeth also regards her husband as ‘too full o'th'milk of human kindness (I.v, 17).' She is claiming that her husband is very kind and a worthy gentleman. However, once she hears that the three witches foresee that her husband will become King, she gets crazy ideas in her head and becomes power hungry. Macbeth even uses affectionate words to Lady Macbeth at the beginning of the play, 'my dearest love (, 67).' Macbeth’s feelings almost get in the way of the murder, because he does not want to go through with it, but Lady Macbeth manipulates him to do so. Lady Macbeth knows that her husband's kindness makes him weak and susceptible to guilt that could prevent the murder of King Duncan. In the first two acts of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth appears to be more ruthless than Macbeth.
             Lady Macbeth begins to manipulate Macbeth and challenges his feelings of guilt and pity for King Duncan and replaces them with malicious and spiteful feelings: 'look like th'innocent flower, but be the serpent under’t (I.v, 76-78).’ Another way of interpreting this is that she is the serpent under the flower that is Macbeth. Lady Macbeth now instructs Macbeth on how he should act, encouraging him to be deceitful to King Duncan, his loyal and trusting leader. Lady Macbeth says this because her wish for Macbeth to become King is much greater than his. Macbeth becomes so absorbed in his mixed feelings about the murder that he has trouble speaking to his wife about what they had planned and what he had done. 'First, I am his Kinsman and his subject, strong both against the deed; then, as his host, who should against his murderer shut the door, not bear the knife myself (I.vii, 13-16)’. This quote shows how

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