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Lady Macbeths influence on her husband. "Behind every successful man is a strong woman."

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Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's tragedies. It tells the story of Macbeth, a noble Scottish man. In this tragedy Macbeth is corrupted and influenced into becoming a murderer by three witches who give Macbeth several prophecies. In the end Macbeth is defeated and killed. For my English coursework I have to discuss Lady Macbeths influence on her husband. "Behind every successful man is a strong woman." We first meet Lady Macbeth in Act 1 Scene 5. In this scene she is reading a letter written to her from Macbeth telling her of the witches' prophecies. This shows that Macbeth trusts her. Macbeth calls her his "Dearest partner of greatness" this shows that they have quite a close relationship. Lady Macbeth is very ambitious and she thinks Macbeth is too kind to try and make the prophecies come true and this worries her -"It is too full o'th' milk of human kindness." Lady Macbeth intends to influence Macbeth into murdering Duncan, the King of Scotland. This is so Macbeth can take his place. This shows Lady Macbeth is very controlling in this relationship - "That I may pour my spirits into thine ear and chatise you with the valour of my tongue." I don't believe Lady Macbeth is truly evil although I think she desires to become evil because she calls upon evil to help her loose her more feminine and gentle side - "Unsex me here and fill me from the crown to the toe topful of direst cruelty, make thick my blood." ...read more.

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Macbeth shall sleep no more." In response to this Lady Macbeth reacts unsympathetically - "Consider it not so deeply." Lady Macbeth then notices Macbeth has brought the daggers from the place and this infuriates her, she gets very angry with Macbeth "Infirm of purpose" she takes the daggers from him. In this scene Lady Macbeth shows a less cold side of her but she is still very controlling and unsympathetic towards Macbeth- "My hands are of your colour, but I shame to wear a heart so white." Up until this point Lady Macbeth has had a lot of influence over Macbeth. I don't think Macbeth would have committed the first murder without Lady Macbeth's involvement and influence because Macbeth was a very noble Scottish man at the start of the play. In Act 3 Scene 1 I notice the Macbeth's relationship starting to change. Macbeth dismisses Lady Macbeth and this indicates Lady Macbeth has lost control, she has become a less strong character and Macbeth appears not to need her anymore -"We will keep ourselves to suppertime alone." The Macbeth's relationship has changed throughout the play; their relationship isn't as strong here in Act 3 Scene 2. Lady Macbeth has a lot less influence over Macbeth; she isn't a very strong character anymore. Macbeth doesn't go to Lady Macbeth for advice anymore this leaves Lady Macbeth feeling snubbed and left out- "How now my Lord, why do you keep alone." ...read more.

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In Act 5 Scene 5 Macbeth is told Lady Macbeth is dead - "The Queen, my lord, is dead." This is quite a shocking part of the play. Lady Macbeth started as a strong character that was very controlling, ambitious and cold hearted and by the end she seems so unimportant that we don't even get told how she dies, her importance has gone down immensely. On hearing this Macbeth reacts with some sadness but doesn't give a huge response as he is too distracted. In the play Lady Macbeth is an extremely important character. Lady Macbeth's influence on her husband was very strong at the start of the play but, as the play goes on we notice Macbeth changing into a more ambitious and independent man who doesn't need the advice of his wife. Lady Macbeth's control and manipulation doesn't work on Macbeth as he realises he can make decisions for himself. Without his wife, Macbeth would not have murdered Duncan and he wouldn't have become so obsessed with becoming King. His mind has become so tormented and corrupted because of Lady Macbeth's manipulation and persuasion. Lady Macbeth's character is very unusual for Shakespearean times she is ruthless, manipulative, controlling and strong. The traditional attitudes towards femininity are challenged by this character as she is nothing like a typical woman of her time. Lady Macbeth is a strong character who has had a lot of say in different situations such as the plan for Duncan's murder. Sharon Boyd English Coursework Lady Macbeth ...read more.

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