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Is Lady Macbeth a more evil influence on Macbeth the Witches?

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GCSE English Course work Is Lady Macbeth a more evil influence on Macbeth the Witches? As we read through the play of "Macbeth" we quickly find out that his character is a weak one and can easily be swayed by other characters in the play. These characters plant an idea into his mind and he will then follow it to the bitter end. There are two main characters that try to persuade and influence him, the Witches as a collective and Lady Macbeth. They both have nothing in common with each other but they both managed to lead and persuade him in the same way. The Witches plant an idea and Lady Macbeth helps the situation by persuading Macbeth that the witches' idea is a worthy one. But there is no evidence in the play that suggests that Lady Macbeth is in any way connected to the witches apart from that she indirectly helps them. In the very first scene, where the Witches are on a "Blasted Heath", even before they meet Macbeth they say: "When the Hurley burleys done, When the battles lost and won." ...read more.

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He also shows how much he believes in the witches because if he didn't believe in them he wouldn't have killed the King and got himself in such a mess. Also his wife would not have been involved in it and therefore she would not have changed her life so dramatically, this we will find out at the end of the play. After, when he has got his murderers together he orders them to kill Banquo and his son Fleance. But later he is angry because they failed to kill Fleance. This is bad for him because Fleance knows a lot of information and could get Macbeth into a lot of trouble, and he is also next in line for being king so Macbeth needs to kill him so that this vision can come true. This is another example of the Witches persuading him to do things that he would not necessarily have done before. The Witches are making him kill Fleance so he can remain in the throne. ...read more.

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Lady Macbeth's star role is when she and her husband are planning to kill the King. But as Macbeth has made a bit of a mess about knowing what he's doing, Lady Macbeth has to organize the whole operation on her own. Also when he has made a mess of the murder she has to come in and save the day and do a proper job. I think that without this Macbeth would have not completed the murder and not become King, also he would have got him self in a lot of trouble, and would have been killed. This is another example of the ways in which Lady Macbeth is doing the same job as the Witches without even knowing. So I would say that the Witches are definitely the greater influence on Macbeth than Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth is only adding to what the Witches said in the first place, but without the Witches, Lady Macbeth would have not been able to be so influential in the whole play. By Mathew Du Port 1/10/02 ...read more.

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