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Was Lady Macbeth in control of her husband's actions?

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Was Lady Macbeth in control of her husband's actions? The play "Macbeth" is one of the best - known plays in the world. It was written by one of the most well known writers' as well, William Shakespeare around the year 1600. Obviously, things were extremely different in 1600 than they are now. Things such as Kingship, language and magic were viewed very differently. Kingship was extremely different, a King in 1600 would be seen as a human God who you had to follow and worship. It was a big challenge for whoever earned this title, which was to be Macbeth. Even the role of women has changed, they had to serve their man and obey him and in play's a boy would play a woman because of his voice and that he was less masculine. Language has also changed a lot as well as the general view on magic. For example, when Macbeth + Banquo meet the witches, it would be seen as normal in 1600, but now it would be unbelievable, unrealistic and you would be sent for a CAT scan. The witches tell Macbeth that he will be Thane of Glamis(which he already knows), Thane of Cawdor ( which we know but he doesn't) ...read more.


He does not realise that she knows his weakness of character and his strengths and therefore can manipulate his behaviour. At the beginning of the play Lady Macbeth is the stronger of the two. Throughout the play there are times where Macbeth is stronger and times where Lady Macbeth takes control. The communication between the couple is very strong at the beginning but as the play progresses it alters and eventually breaks down. Many factors like persuasion and ambition are a big part in the couple's relationship. When Lady Macbeth reads the letter about her husband's victory she becomes the more powerful character. Although it was the witches who told Macbeth he will be king, it was Lady Macbeth who uses her art of persuasion and knowledge of Macbeth's weaknesses, to make him kill the king, and to achieve the prophecies set by the witches. Lady starts to persuade Macbeth from their first meeting. This meeting is very romantic and close, and this helps her with her persuasion. Another factor that helps lady Macbeth persuade Macbeth is the knowledge she has of him. She knows how to get him motivated. ...read more.


The witches use of language and rhythm in rhyme is very persuasive and believable and never at any stage did Macbeth doubt them, he was too concerned about his fate. For example, "When shall we three meet again, In thunder, lightning or in rain" "When the hurlybuyly's done, When the battle's lost and won" Very consistent rhyme and rhythm shown, which is a use of iambic pentameter. We also learn that the witches are very evil from the start as what they did to that sea - captain and how they "Drain him dry as day" "Sleep shall neither night or day" I think that overall a combination of many factors' led to Macbeth's downfall, in his decision to kill the King, Lady Macbeth played a part. But Lady Macbeth didn't make him kill Banquo or the Macduffs or turn him into a stubborn and Tyrant King. The witches also played a part as Macbeth wouldn't have even dreamed about killing the King if they hadn't have told him he would be King, that was a big factor as well as Macbeth's own greed and arrogance. Although, lady Macbeth did confirm her husband's thoughts on killing the King, but it was Macbeth's idea in the first place, so therefore most of the responsibility lies with him alone. ...read more.

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