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Lady Macbeth's Control over Macbeth

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Introduction

" All hail Macbeth! That shalt be king hereafter" This statement from the witches I believe is the start of Macbeth's belief of the power that women have on him. The most obvious sign of having power is when people turn to you when they are in trouble, and this exactly what happens when Macbeth was in trouble, he turned to Lady Macbeth. When Macbeth fears that his reign of King could be coming to an end he turns to women for help, Lady Macbeth and the witches. After Macbeth had killed Duncan he came out of the chamber with the daggers still in his hands and with Duncan's blood all over him. " This is a sorry sight," he declares. Once again it is Lady Macbeth who pulls him together. " A foolish thought to say a sorry sight." Here Lady Macbeth is very calm; she appears to be in obvious control, unlike Macbeth who is in obvious discontent. Lady Macbeth then takes the daggers from him to finish off the job that she planned. ...read more.

Middle

The most effective example of this is when Macbeth has doubts of weather will kill Duncan or not. " 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". Here Macbeth is telling himself how Duncan is at his castle and is his guest and that he should be loyal to his king and not kill him. I believe at this moment Macbeth is searching for ideas in his head for reasons why he shouldn't murder Duncan, and eventually he makes up his mind that he won't do it. Until.... Lady Macbeth then here's of Macbeth's decision not to kill Duncan and I believe that this is where we see the true Lady Macbeth. She manipulates and humiliates Macbeth to an extent that he cannot take it anymore. " Wouldst thou have that which thou esteem'st the ornament of life, and live a coward in thine own esteem" In this quote Lady Macbeth is asking Macbeth if he is going to let his dreams of what ...read more.

Conclusion

This adds both tension and a hint of conspiracy to the play. For most of the story Lady Macbeth speaks in blank verse, but not for the whole play. When she is angry with Macbeth she speaks in prose, for example: "I have given suck, and know how tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums, and dash'd the brains out, had I sworn as you have done to this". Unlike Lady Macbeth, the witches do not speak in either blank verse or prose they speak in rhyming couplets, for example: " When the hurly burleys done, when the battle's lost and won." The witches use rhyming couplets to make the audience suspicious to them and also to make them seem strange and dangerous. Other characters in the play also use rhyming couplets; usually at the end of a scene the rhyme will point to a central idea of what the next scene may be about. For example: " Only look up clear; to alter favour ever is to fear." ...read more.

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