‘Macbeth’ is a mysterious play written in the early 1606’s by William Shakespeare shortly after the attempted assassination of the King James. In 1657, King James wrote demonologies which depicted that witchcraft is a reality and that its practitioners must be punished. In Shakespeare’s era witches were considered to be intelligent and prophetic speakers. He uses the trochaic tetrameter to distinguish the witches in the play. Lady Macbeth is a power thirsty woman who can do anything in order to attain power; nothing can come between her vicious intentions. Lady Macbeth is not supportive of Macbeth. She uses manipulation and control to influence Macbeth. In Act 1, Scene 7, “We will proceed no further in this business. He hath honoured me of late, and I have bough Golden opinions from all sort of people...” At this point Macbeth has totally changed his mind and decides that he will not commit regicide. When Lady Macbeth finds this out, she gets frustrated and condemns Macbeth for being a coward.
Lady Macbeth also tries to tempt her husband to murder his way to the throne of Scotland. Lady Macbeth and also the three evil sister’s influence Macbeth’s desire severely and make her husband become disloyal towards the king. In Act 1 Scene 5 “Look like th' innocent flower, But be the serpent under’t.” Shakespeare uses this simile emphasize how lady Macbeth is encouraging her husband to lie and be deceitful.
Lady Macbeth knows her husband's character. She calls on the dark spirits to make her as tough as she needs to be to complete the task which lies before her. However, she fears that her husband might not commit such a thing and probably refuse it due to his kind moral nature. Act 1, Scene 5, “Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of direst cruelty. Make thick my blood.” Lady Macbeth wishes and beseeches...
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