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Is Macbeth dominated by his wife?

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Is Macbeth dominated by his wife? Macbeth is a play set in Scotland in 1040AD (Shakespeare wrote Macbeth in the 1500's, during Elizabethan times). Duncan is the current king of Scotland and Macbeth the current thane of Glamis. Shakespeare in this play depicts the tragedy of a man, Macbeth, who led on by others and because of a flaw in his own nature, submits to ambition. In becoming king, Macbeth dulls his humanity to a point where he does not care whether his doing is right or wrong. Our first impression of Macbeth comes before we actually see him. In act 1 scene 1, three witches on a heath discuss when to meet again, only this time they will be "There to meet with Macbeth". It is here we first see the link between Macbeth and the supernatural. During this time we do not know whether Macbeth had planned to meet with these three witches and this scene would have been used to great effect and act as a theatrical attention grabber at the beginning of the play for the usually rowdy Elizabethan audiences. The next scene is an indication and description of Macbeth's character, at the King of Scotland's camp, the King, Duncan is attended by his sons, Malcolm and Donalbain, a nobleman, Lennox and other attendants. It is here we find out from a badly wounded captain that Macbeth is a man of great strength and bravery. He informs King Duncan that they had battled against the rebel army led by Macdonwald, the current Thane of Cawdor. We hear Macbeth fought bravely "'Till he unseamed him from the nave to the chops". ...read more.

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This evidence further backed by the fact that Lady Macbeth devises a plan on how Macbeth will become King. In act 1, scene 5, Macbeth and his wife are seen together for the first time during the play. "My dearest love, Duncan comes here tonight". This gives Lady Macbeth and her inner demons the perfect opportunity to brainwash and convince Macbeth into carrying out her plan to kill Duncan. She tells the plan to Macbeth "O never shall sun that morrow see" she means Duncan will never see the daylight from the next morning as Macbeth would kill him that night. Her drive towards making Macbeth kill Duncan himself instead of her doing this same deed is similar to the witches planting the seed, that grows in Macbeth due to many different factors, that will make him realise the possibility of obtaining the power, leading to his ambition. It is in this scene that Lady Macbeth shows the first sign of deceitfulness by telling Macbeth he must also be deceitful "look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under't" again this is a sign that the witches may be the spirits she called upon because as ever they are driving Macbeth slowly to do the deed that has been asked of him. We see a flash of the strong character of Macbeth coming through "we will speak further" but again Lady Macbeth and the power of the supernatural take hold of the situation again and dominate Macbeth by saying "leave all the rest to me". When Duncan arrives Lady Macbeth demonstrates to Macbeth precisely how he should act, as she explains before "look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under't". ...read more.

Conclusion

I think now I am in a position to answer the question, Is Macbeth dominated by his wife? I have examined all of the aspects that could effect this question and have now come to a conclusion. I have decided that the main influence upon Macbeth is by far the supernatural which in effect leads Lady Macbeth to dominate her husband. All the way through the play Macbeth has a part of the supernatural in him. Even in the beginning the witches show some connection with him and then Macbeth himself seems to speak some of their words "So foul and fair a day I have not seen". Lady Macbeth calls upon evil spirits to help her to fill her "from the crown to the toe top full of direst cruelty". This gives her the confidence and power to dominate Macbeth and for the supernatural in her to use the fact Lady Macbeth loves Macbeth against him. She succeeds in convincing Macbeth to kill Duncan. "false face must hide what false heart doth know". This shows she did dominate her husband during this part of the play. Therefore lady Macbeth did dominate Macbeth. The supernatural is simply an influence on Macbeth that leads him astray through many aspects of his life. The witches who appear quite regularly through the poem, which shows their importance as an influence on Macbeth and not as characters, as we are never given a detailed description of any of them. In conclusion I have decided that there was a negative influence upon Macbeth either directly or indirectly it was always there. Lady Macbeth did dominate Macbeth but it was not without the help of the supernatural. They tapped into a very personal and important part of his life which had the greatest influence and effect on him which led to him being dominated. ...read more.

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