Lady Macbeth’s power over Macb

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Lady Macbeth’s power over Macbeth 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 (I.vi, 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 (I.vi, 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 s Continue...


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. The repetition in a woman's ear. Macbeth is also still trying to come to terms with his relentless remorse because it is his wife who planned the murder and wishes for him to be king, not himself. , she is merely worried about her husband exposing the secret that only her and Macbeth know about, killing King Duncan. Macbeth does not want to murder to become the King, he would rather earn it, but his wife knows that killing the king would get him a seat on the throne. Lady Macbeth plans the murder in its entirety, but Macbeth must do the deed himself. Macbeth however is also a good liar, 'O, yet I do repent me of my fury, That I did kill them (II. iii, 124-125)' He is speaking of the dead guards on the ground saying that they did not fulfill their duties of protecting the King. Lady Macbeth says this because her wish for Macbeth to become King is much greater than his. Lady Macbeth does not care if her husband suffers or not. ' This quote reveals that he knows that if he wants to be King he has to complete the plan and kill King Duncan. Lady Macbeth now instructs Macbeth on how he should act, encouraging him to be deceitful to King Duncan, his loyal and trusting leader.