Macbeth-How Much of the Tragedy Is a Direct Result of Lady Macbeth's Actions?

Topics: Macbeth / Pages: 5 (1014 words) / Published: Mar 6th, 2011
In the tragedy of “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare, Lady Macbeth’s actions make her partially responsible for the tragedy, however, other factors also contributed. The witches offered great enticement towards Lord and Lady Macbeth and Macbeth’s fatal flaws of ambition and vulnerability to persuasion by others also resulted in the murder of King Duncan and thus, the tragedy.

It is evident that Lady Macbeth’s ability to persuade and manipulate Macbeth played a part in the tragedy. Lady Macbeth is shown early in the play as an ambitious woman who sees that the most obvious route to the throne involves murder, but, unlike her husband, does not falter in her amvition to achieve her goal- for Macbeth to be crowned king. She knows her husband is too kind to murder King Duncan without her assistance and fears “thy nature; it is too full oth’ milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way.” Macbeth revels his hesitance to commit regicide by displaying his loyalty towards his king and after all, he is “his kingsman and his subject, strong both against the deal then, as his host, who should be against his murder, shut the door, not bear the knife myself.” Being the strong influential person that she is, Lady Macbeth is a very unorthodox woman in the Elizabethan Era , since, at that time, women normally were depicted as weak, not the dominant partner and compassionate, whereas, Lady Macbeth wishes to ‘unsex me here’. She takes matters into her own hands and utilises this unique nature and attacks Macbeth’s manliness, pricking his pride as she warns him that he will “live a coward in thine own esteem, letting ‘I dare not’ wait upon ‘I would; like the poor cut I’adage?” If he refuses to take the risk and do the deed. It is clear that without Lady Macbeth’s encouragement and persuasion that Macbeth would not have killed Duncan due to his good morals. This would have caused the tragedy. Even though Lady Macbeth was a significant factor, the witches also contributed to the

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