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"The influence of Lady Macbeth on her husband"

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"The influence of Lady Macbeth on her husband" Macbeth's success and downfall are as a result of all four factors. All must now be analysed in order to decide on the extent of Lady Macbeth's influence on Macbeth. Lady Macbeth appears to be the biggest influence and nearly as soon as she appears on stage she manipulates Macbeth by calling him a coward in Act 1 Scene 7. She keeps on manipulating him because Macbeth was backing down on killing Duncan, she is testing his masculinity. Lady Macbeth attacks his sense of Masculinity, in one way to persuade him. He is known as a brave Warrior of Scotland, as it shows in the captain's description in the 1st scene "For brave Macbeth - well he deserves that name Disdaining Fortune, with his brandished steel". She also tries using emotive language "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 plucked my nipple from his boneless gums and dashed the brains out, had I so sworn". Lady Macbeth is becoming more masculine and ruthless. Lady Macbeth influences him most throughout Act 1 and 2 - the murder of Duncan. ...read more.


In Act 1 scene 3 the witches meet Macbeth and Banquo for the first time. The first prophecy for Macbeth from the witches is that he will become Thane of Cawdor - Second witch-"All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor" then the third witch says "All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter" so they are telling Macbeth things he could only dream of and making him very happy and filling him full of hope and desire. Macbeth then shows that the witches have touched a nerve in Macbeth Act 1 scene 3 page 13 "melted, as breath into the wind. Would they have stayed?" The first bit of the prophecy then comes true and gives Macbeth some hope. Macbeth's reaction when he heard the witch's prophecy was delighted and he wants to know more Act 1 scene 3 page 13 Macbeth "stay, you imperfect speakers. Tell me more" while on the other hand Banquo does not believe what they say and tries to find excuses for it Act 1 scene 3 Banquo "Were such things here as we do speak about? Or have we eaten on the insane root, that takes the reason prisoner?" Macbeth shows a suggestion that he is evil in his first line like the witches Act 1 Scene 3 Macbeth "So foul and fair a day I have not seen" which is alike to the witches words. ...read more.


There's a major Theme of Appearance Vs Reality because in Act 1 Scene 6 of how Duncan thinks he has come to a peaceful place at Macbeths castle were actually he is going to be killed there. Duncan also goes on and on about how much of a hero Macbeth is but really he is not Act 1 Scene 6 Duncan "Where's the Thane of Cawdor? We coursed him at the heels and had a purpose to be his purveyor, but he rides well And his great love, shary as his spure, hath holp him To his home before us. Fair and noble hosterr, We are your guests tonight". It shows how gratuitous, affectionate, polite he is to Lady Macbeth which makes his murder all the more cruel, Appearance Vs Reality is also shown when Lady Macbeth and Macbeth pretend to be upset at Duncan's murder and Lady Macbeth even goes to the bother of fainting when she had already new! In conclusion I believe that he is only 'successful' for a short period and Lady Macbeth is only 'strong' for a short period, however, his success and downfall is influenced by a range of factors. I believe Macbeth's wife influenced him to a small extent because she only influenced him for the first killing which started his spree. I think the Witches were the biggest influence overall but that most of what happened was fate. ...read more.

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