Macbeth - Does the Lady Lead to Macbeth's Demise?

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Deval Patel Patel 1
Mr. Layton
English IV CP
2nd May 2013
The Lady Leads to Evil
Behind every great man, there is a great woman. Behind every evil man, there is a heinous woman. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Lady Macbeth opens the doors to the evil world of greed and insecurity for, what once used to be, The Noble Macbeth, thane of Glamis. Before Macbeth’s mental and moral deterioration, he lived an ideal life. He was well respected, loved and admired by his close friends and beloved king. In other words he had a lot going for him. But his lady, a deeply ambitious woman who is thirsty for power, takes the witch’s false prophecies as words of wisdom and ignites a fire in Macbeth’s heart. A fire for the desire of power that only innocent blood can put out. Lady Macbeth, who lusts for power, leads Macbeth into the world of evil and brings him nothing but demise to his genuine character, just to quench her thirst.

In the beginning of the play, the three witches cast their net of false prophecies on Macbeth, which he easily avoids. Later, he writes a letter to Lady Macbeth explaining the incident. After learning about the witch’s false prophecies, Lady Macbeth’s heart starts to throb. Her imagination takes her on new levels of evilness and greed. Now, all she is thinking about is “The good news” that was in the letter. Her witty little brain is up to no good, planning the quickest route to the crown that will rest on Macbeth’s head. “O, never shall sun that morrow see!” (Macbeth, act 1, scene IV) she said, in a simple manner, she expresses that Duncan spending the night at Macbeth’s castle, will not live to

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see tomorrow. “Look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under't.” (Macbeth, act 1, Scene IV) she says to Macbeth, basically telling him to be evil on the inside but appear innocent on the outside. Lady Macbeth will lead Macbeth to his own demise.

Lady Macbeth’s ability to influence...
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