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Macbeth Macbeth was a man who wanted power but when a prediction was mentioned that he would certainly gain what he required, Macbeth wasn't satisfied. Instead, he went to extreme difficulty to make sure that his power lasted longer and was stronger than it should have. He listened to the evil ways and plans of his wife Lady Macbeth, and put himself in a position that destroyed his self respect, ruined his pride, corrupted his honor, and spoiled his honesty, all in order to occupy and maintain the crown. As the play opens the first characters we meet are the three witches who are holding a conversation. They speak about a battle that is being fought in Scotland. The three witches have knowledge of the outcome through their supernatural powers. In scene 2 a wounded soldier praises the bravery of Macbeth and Banquo, he tells the king of their victory. Duncan, king of Scotland declares the death sentence on the Thane of Cawdor and pronounces that Macbeth should have the title. The witches greet Macbeth differently 'Thane of Glamis', 'Thane of Cawdor' and 'That shalt be king hereafter'. Macbeth discovers he is Thane of Cawdor he begins to wonder if the third prediction will come true. ...read more.


They must lie there. Go carry them and smear The sleepy grooms with blood.' This shows how vital her existence is to him now that he has committed the crime. She persuades him by inducing him to prove himself to her. Lady Macbeth knows that the only way to get her husband to do her will is by making the most of her feminine charms and persuasive powers to convince him to do what she feels must be done. Lady Macbeth has already shown herself to be more ambitious than Macbeth. Now she tries to force out all her natural emotions; she tries to identify the darker side of herself, to take control of her, to make her into a beast, so that she may persuade Macbeth to do this awful deed. She wants to be completely evil, cruel and empty of any peaceful feelings. She asks the evil spirits to turn the milk in her breast to poison, in contrast to her husband, who is "Too full o' th' milk of human kindness". It appears that Lady Macbeth is becoming tough, so that her husband may find the courage in her to put into practice her plan. Lady Macbeth struggles to maintain control of herself eventually what she thought she could control is controlling her, her emotions, her conscience and all the things she thought she could hold back return to trouble her. ...read more.


From this time Such I account thy love. Art thou afeard To be he same in thine own act and valour as thou art in desire? Wouldst thou have that Which thou esteem'st the ornament of life, and live a coward in thine own esteem, Letting 'I dare not' wait upon 'I would,' Like the poor cat I' th adage?'. Following that she says 'What beast was't then that made you break this enterprise to me? When you durst do it, then you were a man; and to be more than that you were, you would Be so much more the man. Nor time nor place Did then adhere, and yet you would make both. They have made themselves, and that their fitness now Does unmake you.' Lady Macbeth convinces Macbeth of just about all his actions and Macbeth in the rage of gaining power just does what he is told. Lady Macbeth has a big hand in all these awful actions of Macbeth because if she did not use her charms and basically challenged him then he would have backed out ages ago. She knew he did not have the intension to kill for the position but therefore made him kill not once but many times. I think that Lady Macbeth was the cause of all these murders and actions but I also think that Macbeth's determination also persuaded him. ...read more.

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