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To what extent does Lady Macbeth influence Macbeth?

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Macbeth Coursework By Laura Clowes To what extent does Lady Macbeth influence Macbeth? The character of Macbeth is a typical example of a Shakespearean tragic hero. There are many factors and influences, which contribute to the downfall of Macbeth however, the main factor is Lady Macbeth and how she manipulates and influences his judgement. Lady Macbeth is a very ambitious character, she can realise her husband's strengths and weaknesses and uses this to her advantage to manipulate him. Lady Macbeth is a very persuasive character and manages to become in control of Macbeth and allure him into the killing of Duncan as a test of his love for her, nevertheless the guilt from the events under the strain advances her into a breakdown. At the beginning of the play Lady Macbeth is the more dominant partner and is the real influence behind the throne. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are opposites in many ways; Macbeth is the weak indecisive character and takes the more feminine role in their marriage, whereas Lady Macbeth is a more strong decisive person and has a more traditional male role in their partnership, which she uses this to her advantage to influence Macbeth. ...read more.


What not put upon, Spongy officers who shall bear guilt of our great quell?" By telling Macbeth they cannot fail, it is reassurance to him that he has his wife behind him making sure they are going to succeed, which will encourage him more to want to go ahead with the killing of the king. By the end of the scene, Lady Macbeth has fully and finally convinced Macbeth that he should murder Duncan. She is a huge influence on him, mainly by taunting and manipulating him, as she is able to make him think that murdering the king is a good idea. Furthermore in Act 2 scene 2 Lady Macbeth is the organizer of Duncan's murder and instructs Macbeth step by step through the process, as he didn't know how exactly he was going to kill Duncan. "That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold... These doors are open and the surfeited grooms, Do mock their charge with shores: I have drugg'd their possets I laid their daggers ready, he could not miss'em." Consequently Lady Macbeth is an influence to Macbeth because she plans the murder, which is an encouragement to him to just go and do the deed. ...read more.


At the end of the play and the scene of the fight against Duncan, the only things that would be controlling him are the mixed emotions he is feeling as he would be feeling anger, fury and sadness that his wife had died. However he also seems determined, as he is willing to fight Macduff. Lady Macbeth questions Macbeth manhood so many times throughout the play, which he now feels that people think he is a coward so in this scene he tries to make sure people know he's there. The witches' predictions are also playing an influence on him, as he wants to prove them wrong and he thinks he is indestructible, that is until the fight with Macduff. In conclusion it is power that makes Lady Macbeth get her way in the world, which we know she uses several times on Macbeth, one of which was to convince him into the murder of Duncan. As the play progresses her influence on Macbeth grows stronger towards the middle part of the play and after that slowly reduces, this meant that she was getting powerless and without power she is nothing. Overall in the majority of the play Lady Macbeth seems to have a very strong influence on Macbeth and mainly uses the same methods throughout. ...read more.

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