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How important is the influence of lady Macbeth on her husband in Shakespeare's Macbeth

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How important is the influence of lady Macbeth on her husband in Shakespeare's Macbeth In Shakespeare's play Macbeth is influenced by many strong female figures not only his wife but also the three weird sisters. Both women characters play a crucial part in the actions of Macbeth and are a result of his death in the end, because they have turned a brave man into savage villain. I believe that the weird sisters play a more important role in influencing Macbeth than Lady Macbeth because the predictions of the witches influence her. Until Macbeth murders the king Lady Macbeth's influence over her husband is very strong. After the murder Shakespeare's character (Macbeth) does not tolerate his wife and her opinions as much as he used to. Finally at the end when Lady Macbeth dies, her husband does not need her any longer. Shakespeare first shows us that Macbeth pays a lot of attention to his wife's opinion when she questions Macbeth's masculinity and persuades him into ...read more.


to Macbeth but he does not listen to it. At this point the roles are changing from the beginning when Macbeth relied on his wife, but now Lady Macbeth is slowly starting to rely on her husband. I believe that Macbeth was not evil at heart but that Lady Macbeth turned him into a savage, evil, spiteful man. This illustrates that Lady Macbeth's influence is important at the beginning but not at the end of Shakespeare's tragedy. Lady Macbeth is not as an important influence on Macbeth in Shakespeare's play as the witches, who have great power over Macbeth's actions. The first time Macbeth went to see the witches, they told him that he would be 'Thane of Glamis... Thane of Cawdor' and he 'shalt be king hereafter' (act 1, scene 3, line 45-47). Shakespeare's character, Macbeth, did not take much notice of this until the thane of Cawdor of died and he claimed the title, and he then thought that the witches might have some truth in there predictions. ...read more.


example 'for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth' but they did not specify about men who 'from his mother's womb untimely ripped' (act 5, scene 8, line 15-16); the play was written for King James I, who was very interested in witchcraft and believed the supernatural to be very evil, so Shakespeare added the witches to his play for the purpose of showing the people that they were indeed evil. Without the strong influence of Lady Macbeth, Macbeth would probably not have killed Duncan which would mean that there would be no play for Shakespeare to write. However the witches also play an important role because without them, the letter her husband wrote to her telling of the witches prophesying Macbeth being King and the idea of becoming queen would never have entered Lady Macbeth's mind. So in conclusion I believe that the witches are more influential on Macbeth than Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare's play, but overall Macbeth is influenced by powerful female figures. Lydia Boardley ...read more.

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